Outreach programs are ongoing to percolate the message of IISF 2023 in the Society

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The ninth edition of India International Science Festival (IISF-2023) has begun its outreach in different states of India starting from the first week of December 2023. The mega science festival will be held at RCB-THSTI campus, Faridabad (Haryana) from 17-20 December, 2024. The event is being jointly organized by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Space (DoS), and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in collaboration with Vijnana Bharati.

Since 2015, IISF has been celebrating India’s achievements and strengthening in the field of Science and Technology in an engaging and joyful manner. Even during the challenging COVID-19 time, in 2020, IISF was organized on a virtual platform. The IISF-2020 by erstwhile CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Developmental Studies, NISTADS (now CSIR-NIScPR, National Institute of Science and Policy Research) was a true demonstration of the country’s digital power as a festival was organised virtually. An online fair that was so much engaging even if it was on a digital mode, clearly showing the calibre of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.  

In 2021, the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy also joined hands with IISF with a mission of making S&T innovation ecosystem stronger and more effective, thereby inspiring future generations.

With its primary objective to commemorate the world of science, making it accessible to all, this year too, IISF-2023 is ready to connect science with every section of the society with its theme of “Science and Technology Public Outreach in Amrit Kaal.”  The current year festival is being coordinated and implemented by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India, an autonomous institute of DST in cooperation with Vijnana Bharati, VIBHA India. Vijnana Bharati is a Swadeshi Science Movement with the aim to connect science with society.

IISF organizes the outreach events in the schools and R&D institutes across the country to provide the message of IISF. Currently, the pre-fest outreach programs are in full swing. So far, around 40 outreach events has taken place in different laboratories across the nation. Next in line, 20 events are proposed. In total, 60 outreach events for IISF 2023 have been planned. On 3rd December 2023, it was organized at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow. CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram organised on December 6, 2023. CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore organised the pre-fest outreach on December 9.

On 11th December, 2023, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, Jharkhand organised the outreach programme of India International Science Festival. CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur also organised on the same day at Nagpur. CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun organised the IISF 2023 outreach on 12th December 2023. On December 13, the outreach programme took place at CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) New Delhi, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) – Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar (IOPB).

The outreach programmes were organised on 14th December 2023 at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) New Delhi, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) Chennai, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow. On 15th December 2023, outreach programs were organised at CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) Chandigarh, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) Bengaluru, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) Kolkata, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT) Palampur, CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB) New Delhi, DBT-Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) Hyderabad, MoES-National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa.

Glimpses of the IISF 2023 outreach events organised at seven different laboratories across the nation on December 15, 2023. CSIR-IMTECH Chandigarh, CSIR-NAL Bengaluru, CSIR-IICB Kolkata, CSIR-IHBT Palampur, CSIR-IGIB New Delhi, DBT-CDFD Hyderabad, and MoES-NCPOR Goa.

CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Secunderabad, DBT-National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) Manesar organised on December 16, 2023. CSIR-Fourth Paradigm Institute (4PI) Bengaluru, CSIR- National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (NIScPR) New Delhi, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) Jamshedpur, DAE-Institute of Physics Bhubaneswar (IOPB) second event, CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) Jammu, DST-Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) Dehradun, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa organised the IISF outreach event on December 18, 2023.

Glimpses of IISF 2023 outreach events organised at seven different laboratories across the nation on December 18, 2023. CSIR-4PI (Bengaluru), CSIR-NIScPR (New Delhi), CSIR-NML (Jamshedpur), DAE- IOPB (Bhubaneswar), CSIR-IIIM (Jammu), CSIR-NIO (Goa), and DST-WIHG (Dehradun).

Science with Fun activity for Students as a part of the IISF 2023 outreach programme at CSIR-NIScPR, Pusa, New Delhi on December 18, 2023.

CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) Hyderabad, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) Bhubaneswar, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pune, and CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) Chandigarh, DAE-Institute of Physics Bhubaneswar (IOPB) Bhubaneswar (third event) organised the mega festival outreach on December 19, 2023.

On 20th December 2023, the IISF outreach events were organised at North East Center for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) Shillong, MoES-National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) Noida, CSIR- National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) Lucknow, and MoES-Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE) Kochi.

The outreach programs were organised on 21st December at CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) Durgapur, CSIR-Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) Hyderabad, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, and CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) Lucknow, DBT-National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) Mohali, DST-S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (NCBS) Kolkata, DST-Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) Bengaluru, DAE-Institute of Physics Bhubaneswar (IOPB).

A group photograph on IISF 2023 outreach programme at CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, West Bengal on December 21, 2023.

IISF 2023 Outreach program organised by DAE-Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubaneswar on December 21, 2023

CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) Bhavnagar, DST-Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) Bengaluru, DBT-National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) New Delhi, and DAE-Institute of Physics Bhubaneswar (IOPB) organised on December 22, 2023.

Other proposed IISF’s outreach events in the upcoming week are at CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI) Pilani, Rajasthan on December 24, MoES-Indian National Centre for Ocean Transformation Services (INCOIS) Hyderabad, DBT-National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) Mohali, DST-Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) Mumbai, DST-Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP) Lucknow. CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) Jorhat, Assam will organise its outreach event on During 26-29 December, 2023 CSIR-Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI) Bhopal, DAE- Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata and DST-Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Nainital, Kumaon will organise IISF outreach events.

The Science Media Communication Cell (SMCC) at CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication & Policy Research (NIScPR) is coordinating and facilitating the media publicity of the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023.



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