Lahore Science Mela (Fair) – 2019 held in Lahore, ECOSF joined as Collaborator
Lahore Science Mela (Fair) – 2019 was held on 12-13 October 2019 at Ali Institute of Education, Lahore, Pakistan. The Mela was organized by Khwarizmi Science Society (KSS) in collaboration with ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Government of Punjab, Ali Institute of Education, JS Bank, etc. It was the 3rd annual instalment of the Mela, started in 2017. Since the start, ECOSF has been supporting the event.
The Mela was opened by renowned philanthropist and businessman, Mr. Babar Ali. In his opening remarks, Mr. Babar appreciated the organizers for setting this kind of Fair and affirmed the possible support.
Earlier, Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro in his remarks said that ECOSF has been part and supporting the Mela since its launch in 2017 and hoped that this collaboration would continue in future. He further said that the Science Diplomacy plays a pivotal role in popularizing the science among the masses, thus, there is dire need to organize such kinds of events throughout the country so that scientific culture can be established in the society which will ultimately boost the socioeconomic conditions. He also shared that ECOSF has developed collaboration with China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) and under the collaboration one of the program Teenager Maker Camp is organized annually in China wherein the teams comprising of students and teachers from around the world participate. He suggested that ECOSF and KSS in collaboration other relevant stakeholders can organize such maker camp in Pakistan. The suggestion was appreciated.
It is pertinent to mention that since it is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Periodic Table of Chemical elements, the festival was focused on the wonders of chemistry including elements, minerals, compounds, mining and major industrial processes. The other sets of exhibits were divided into several parts such as life sciences, wildlife flora and fauna, AI and electronics, mineral and agricultural resources and space sciences, to name a few. The exhibits and scientific projects were displayed by the students, youth, entrepreneurs, scientific organizations such as Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), COMSATS, National Centre for Physics (NCP), Astronomical Society of Pakistan, universities and many more.
This year, a team from CERN Laboratories Switzerland also came to Mela and established “Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Interactive Tunnel” at the Mela and demonstrated the simulation of immersive experience of Particle Physics and God Particles “the Higgs Boson”.
The Lahore Science Mela was open-to-all thus about 30,000 people from all walks especially the students and youth visited the Mela and took keen interest in the exhibits and scientific projects. The Minister for Education Punjab Dr. Murad Raas also visited the projects/exhibits and appreciated the innovative ideas of the students. He also praised the organizers for arranging these kinds of events.
Following are some glimpses of the Mela: