India International Science Festival 2021

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    • The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) launched the 7th edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF) from the MoES headquarters in New Delhi.

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    • The theme of IISF 2021 is: ‘Celebrating Creativity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Prosperous India’.
      • As part of this theme, all IISF 2021 programmes will reflect the spirit and idea of Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav of the Govt of India, which aims to mark 75 glorious years of Indian independence in 2022, through a series of cultural and scientific events conducted by various ministries across the country.
    • Annual event: IISF is an annual event considered to be the biggest platform in the country which brings together students, the public, researchers, innovators and artists from around the globe to experience the joy of doing science for the wellbeing of people and humanity.
    • Agencies involved: IISF 2021 is being organised jointly by the MoES, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, in collaboration with Vijnana Bharati.
    • Nodal agency: The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, an autonomous institute under the MoES, is the nodal agency organising IISF 2021.
    • Goa: This year, IISF will be held from December 10-13 in Panaji, Goa.
    • IISF 2021 is being organised in a hybrid model: it will be available for both virtual and in-person meet. It will have twelve programmes including the mega-science, technology, and industry expo.
    • Specialised events under IISF 2021: include a science literature festival, science film festival, science village festival, engineering students’ festival, eco festival, national institutions meet and a new age technology show, etc.

    Source: DTE