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A cutting-edge expo on science and technology

Future science: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Science Express train at Safdarjung Railway station in New Delhi on October 30.

Future science: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Science Express train at Safdarjung Railway station in New Delhi on October 30.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: AFP

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An Indo-German venture, the Science Express will travel 15,000 kilometres in 210 days and stop at 57 cities

The Science Express will visit two cities in Kerala. Ernakulam – March 15 to 19, Tiruvananthapuram – March 23 to 27

On October 30, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel flagged off the Science Express, a unique train exhibition specially designed to arouse the curiosity of youth in the field of science and technology.

The Science Express is a joint Indo-German venture, providing a fascinating expedition into the mysteries of our world — groundbreaking discoveries, emerging issues of cutting-edge science and future-oriented technologies.

This exhibition on wheels will travel throughout the country and attempt to take modern research out of the lab and reveal just how relevant science is to everyday life. Visitors of this futuristic exhibition can learn how science is enabling society to face the global challenges of the 21st century.

The Science Express invites young Indian students and researchers to take a journey through the world of “Made in Germany” cutting-edge science. Therefore, the exhibition delivers more reasons for studying in German universities, to earn a doctoral degree or pursue a postdoctoral research at Max Planck or other international research institutes in Germany.

Max Planck Society

Science Express has 12 thematic ‘Stations’. Apart from this, India and Germany will present their strategies for science and technology at the beginning of the 21st century. Science Express is a multimedia exhibition by the Max Planck Society (MPS) on its way through India.

The exhibition enables visitors to get in touch with the latest breakthrough in science. Professor Dr. Peter Gruss, president of the MPS, says, “The Science Express is a multimedia and hands-on exhibition by MPS. It has — for the first time — been put on a train in order to bring science directly to you. I am convinced that the Science Express will help to build bridges in science and technology between Germany, ‘the land of Ideas’ and ‘Ingenious India’, thus allowing us to meet the common challenges that lie ahead.”

Exhibition topics

The Science Express will travel 15,000 kilometres within 210 days and stop at 57 cities throughout India. The exhibits, including more than 300 large-format images, over 150 video clips as well as a chemistry lab, will be showcased in the train’s 14 coaches.

All the exhibits were shipped from Germany.

Each rail car is equipped with an interactive video station and is 26 metres long.

The topics covered by the exhibition are:

• On the way to the Big Bang

• Nano Cosmos

• Building Blocks of Life

• From gene to organism

• Architecture of the mind

• The World of Senses

• Technologies for the future

• From data to knowledge

• Global challenges

• Spaceship Earth

• Our home in the cosmos

• The Universe

In his speech at the inaugural ceremony on October 30, the Prime Minister said, “The Science Express should contribute to the propagation of the scientific temper among our youth. This venture will build new bridges of understanding and good will between India and Germany.”

Ideal living

German Chancellor Merkel said, “Our knowledge undergoes changes and grows at a breathtaking tempo. We shall see for ourselves whether the Science Express can take up such a journey that is symbolised by what science portrays today. The visitors can see the entire bandwidth of scientific possibilities and knowledge before their eyes.”

“We are now already over six billion people on earth and will be definitely be much more in the future. We are very strongly convinced that we require sciences to achieve the state that all the people can live without poverty and prosperity, without having to destroy the earth,” the German Chancellor said.



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