Kerala to hold month-long Global Science Festival from January 15

The Global Science Festival Kerala will include a public talk by Nobel Prize winning chemist, Morten P Meldal and interactions with ISRO scientists.

Global Science Festival Kerala will feature talks from scientists from NASA, ISRO, IISER, IIT. (Image: X/GSFK)Global Science Festival Kerala will feature talks from scientists from NASA, ISRO, IISER, IIT. (Image: X/GSFK)

Atul Krishna | January 9, 2024 | 05:40 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Government of Kerala will be holding the Global Science Festival Kerala (GSFK) from January 15 to February 15, which will see public talks from Morten P Meldal, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 2022, scientists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) USA, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and other scientific research institutions.

Throughout the event, winners of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the premier science awards in India, will hold public talks on various subjects. It will also host a talk series on topics such as geosciences and science communication by heads of educational institutions from India and abroad, and activities organised by science groups such as the Breakthrough Science Society.

As part of the event, the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) will be holding a conference on January 27 which will allow student interactions with various scientists. On February 2, the directors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Tirupati, Palakkad, Dharwad, Mandi and Bhubaneswar are holding an educational technology conclave.

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The cost of entry for the event will start from Rs 250 per day for adults and Rs 150 per day for students above 10 years of age. There is no entry fee for children below the age of 10 years.

The event also organise activities such as tenting and skywatching for which the participants will have to pay extra.

“GSFK is an interdisciplinary and international approach to recognise, explore and experience Science through the collaboration of artists, scientists, designers, architects, musicians and more. To ensure the nature of science is conveyed at a grassroots level, GSFK has outreach programmes, satellite events and various exciting campaigns that will occur throughout the year culminating in the grand festival,” the event website says.

The event is being jointly organised by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Kerala; Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment; and Amuseum Artscience, a private museum in Thiruvananthapuram.

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