21.12.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

International Symposium on the Popularization of Science

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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science UNESCO, the Government of India, the Orissa Government and the Kalinga Foundation Trust are organizing the International Symposium on the Popularization of Science in Bhubaneswar (India) from 4 to 5 January 2012. This event, coinciding with the 99th Indian Science Congress, shall convene previous UNESCO Kalinga Prize laureates to discuss current challenges, issues and breakthroughs in the popularization of science.

Since its conception in 1951 by Mr Biju Patnaik, the founder of the Kalinga Foundation Trust, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science has lost none of its relevance. In today’s fast paced, ever changing world societies are faced with increasing challenges – from eradicating poverty to dealing with the impact of climate change. Science can be a vital tool in coming up with equitable and sustainable solutions for these challenges. By bridging the gap between scientists and the public the benefits of scientific knowledge can be used to improve daily lives, to widen understanding and to build on solutions to overcome challenges. Popularizing science includes all activities that communicate scientific knowledge and scientific methods to the public, outside the formal setting of classrooms. It encompasses museums, shows and fairs and work to promote public understanding of the history of science.

To date, sixty-five individuals, from twenty-four countries have received this award. Six of whom have also been Nobel-Prize winners. The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Prize is not only an opportunity to recognize the exceptional achievements of the previous Prize laureates but it is also is an opportunity to discuss the future and current challenges in the popularization of science and how it can play a greater role in the improvement of public welfare, the enrichment of cultural heritage and finding solutions to problems facing humanity.

Related links:

  • UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science
  • For further information, please contact Yoslan Nur (y.nur(a)unesco.org)



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