The third edition of the Chennai Science Festival will begin at the Periyar Science and Technology Centre here on Wednesday. The three-day event will have lectures and demonstrations on various scientific principles.

There will be an exhibition of various laboratories from the city. A wide range of science features would be explained to the students at the laboratories, spread across 125 stalls.

The festival will have three key categories – food and health, climate change and energy.

Addressing press persons here on Tuesday, P. Iyamperumal, Executive Director of the Periyar Science and Technology Centre, said about 35 stalls will have science projects done by school students.

With this year’s theme being biodiversity, 58 school projects will cover various aspects of biodiversity. Many projects including those on controlling global warming and cutting down pollution levels will be part of the festival.

Special lectures by doctors from the Adyar Cancer Institute and scientists from the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, would be organised as part of the festival. A panel discussion on food and sustainable energy would be held on all the three days. Talks on myths and facts about science and astronomy are also part of the festival.

Other highlights of the festival include street play, puppetry and workshop on pottery.

Prizes to the winners of competitions, including elocution, painting and model making conducted last month as part of the festival is to be distributed at the valediction on Friday.

In an attempt to encourage more women to take up science as their career and recognise the achievements of those in the field, ‘Young Women Scientist’ awards would be presented to five women and ‘Life-time achievement’ awards to four women, Mr.Iyamperumal said.

The exhibition will be on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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