GUWAHATI, June 19 � Science Express � Biodiversity Special (SEBS) � a unique and innovative science exhibition on wheels focusing on biodiversity and climate change � will be ready for visitors at the Kamakhya railway station from 10 am on June 23.
The four-day exhibition will remain open till 5 pm on June 26. There is no entry fee for visitors. This state-of-the-art exhibition on wheels aims to create awareness on biodiversity of India, climate change and similar issues among various audiences, specially the students.
�Of the 16 coaches of the SEBS, eight supported by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio-geographical zones of India � the Trans-Himalaya & the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert & Semi-Arid Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula, the Coasts & Islands,� Simanta Kalita of Centre for Environment Education, North East, which is facilitating local arrangements for the exhibition, told The Assam Tribune.
The eight coaches highlighting the biodiversity in the country will focus on the range of biological diversity, critically endangered species (IUCN Red list), biodiversity hotspots; domesticated biodiversity (agriculture, animal husbandry); biodiversity & livelihoods, bio-culture; threats/challenges (climate change, other anthropogenic); conservation measures; success stories/experiences/unique stories. The exhibition also covers various other facets like marine, coastal, forest, microbial, agro biodiversity and their linkage with livelihoods besides challenges of conservation.
Coach No. 13 has dedicated facilities of training for teachers on Environment Education. The teacher trainings are being conducted by CEE as part of its Paryavaran Mitra initiative.
�The exhibition is open to all with students being the primary target. Students and teachers are encouraged to visit this exhibition in large numbers and take advantage of this innovative endeavour.�
School students can participate in the Joy of Science (JOS) Lab in small batches of up to 20 students, by prior registration.
In the current phase from June 5 to December 22, 2012, the exhibition train will travel to 52 locations across India. At each location, it would usually halt for 3-4 days during which the exhibition will be open to visitors.
Mounted on a specially designed 16-coach AC train, Science Express since its launch in October 2007 has covered over 68,000 km across the country during its four phases. With over 63.60 lakh visitors at its 220 halts over 801 exhibition days, Science Express is now the largest, longest and most visited mobile science exhibition in India. After the successful run over four phases, this iconic train is now being launched as Science Express - Biodiversity Special.