Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant, during the inauguration
To kindle love for science among students and propagation of scientific concepts through the medium of films, the Vidnyan Parishad, Goa — a unit of Vijnana Bharati — organised the 5th edition of the Science Film Festival of India, SCI-FFI 2020 during 15-18 January 2020 at the INOX complex and Maquinez Palace, Panaji.
CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi, partnered in organising the event along with the Department of Science, Technology and Waste Management (Government of Goa); Vigyan Prasar (DST); Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG); National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Goa; Goa University, and the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI).
Honourable Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant inaugurated the festival. The annual event witnessed screening of science films, sessions on innovation and entrepreneurship, interaction with scientists, science teachers workshop, master classes by experts, science film competition, and exhibitions by Institutes like CSIR-NIO, National Center for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and Goa State Innovation Council (GSIC). Over 9,500 delegates participated in various events organised during the festival.
The CSIR-NISCAIR team screened short films based on research activities in CSIR labs — CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) Chandigarh; CSIR-NIO, Goa; CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur; CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow; CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh; CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) Lucknow; CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Delhi and CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur. The team also screened a documentary on CSIR-NISCAIR followed by a discussion on various activities of NISCAIR for bridging the gap between Science and Society.
A panel discussion on “Challenges in Science Communication towards Society” was also organised where Dr Shobhna Choudhary, Dr Paramananda Barman, Dr Meher Wan, and Mrs Veena Jain from CSIR-NISCAIR participated as panellists.
The panellists discussed the importance of science communication and various mediums that could be effectively used in the process. The panellists also responded to queries from students and other participants about various challenges in science communication and how students and researchers can contribute to enlighten the public.
Speaking at the valedictory ceremony, the Director-General of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research Dr Shekhar C. Mande lauded the efforts of CSIR-NISCAIR in popularising science among the society.