A science festival titled ‘In Fact 2017’, organized by Russia’s state atomic energy corporation - ROSATOM begins in the city. The festival was formally inaugurated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre Dhaka today (September 26) morning and will continue at different venues until September 28.
The main goal of the festival is to raise awareness among the young generation in Bangladesh in the nuclear field and to promote science and technology.
The Inaugural Ceremony was addressed by Basher Md. Zahurul Islam, Director General, Bangobhandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheater, Alexander P. Demin, Director, Russian Center of Science and Culture in Dhaka, Dr. Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan and Engr. M. Ali Zulquarnain, Ex-Chairmen, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Shafiqul Islam Head of the Department, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Dhaka, Col Abu Zafor Mohammad Salahuddin, Dean, Nuclear Science & Biomedical Engineering, Military Institute of Science and Technology among others.
The festival will include various programs like lecture sessions with the participation of Russian and Bangladeshi experts, demonstration of documentary films, interactive sessions, intellectual games, popular science talk shows among others. The Festival will take place at different venues: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre Dhaka and University of Dhaka on September 26, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Russian Center of Science and Culture Dhaka on September 27 and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre Dhaka on September 28, 2017.
On the opening day, a seminar and demonstration of a documentary film on nuclear energy and radiation was organized at the University of Dhaka. As part of the festival a programme was held yesterday as well at Jahangirnagar University. The programme included a lecture session on Safety of Nuclear Power Plant, conducted by Engr. M. Ali Zulquarnain, Ex-Chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and demonstration of a popular science documentary.
Aleksey Pimenov, Regional Vice-President of Rosatom South Asia, said, “Not only will the Science Festival become a venue for popularization of science and an instrument for generation of ideas for subsequent development, but it will also facilitate strengthening international relations. The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is a symbol of Russian-Bangladeshi relations in the area of nuclear energy. We hope that Russian-Bangladesh cooperation will continue to develop successfully and the festival will give an opportunity to the participants to learn how nuclear technologies facilitate improvement of the quality of life of the population, about currentpractices of their use and their role in sustainable development of the country.”
Rostislav Kuznetsov,Head of Radiochemistry, Dimitrovgrad Engineering Technological Institute; Dr. Sharabura Tatiana, Radiation Oncologist,;Elia Kabanov, a science journalist from Russia and Bangladeshi experts will speak at different sessions, organized for experts, journalists, students and teachers among others.
The festival is being managed by ANPO Energy of the Future, a concern of Rosatom and is supported by ASE Group of Companies ,a subsidiary of ROSATOM, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre Dhaka , University of Dhaka, BUET Nuclear Engineering Club (BNEC), Jahangirnagar University, Russian Center of Science and Culture Dhaka, Information Center of Nuclear Energy (ICONE) in Dhaka.