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Science Express in Mumbai: What to expect and all you need to know


Our country is home to several geniuses and innovators. India’s contribution to the field of Science is something worth mentioning. In fact, we have been brought up with a view that Science has answers to all the questions and is a one-stop-shop for all explanations. And for the love of Science, the ‘Science Express’ is a must visit.

The specially-designed Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) is an innovative Science exhibition travelling across India since October 2007. The current, ninth edition of the Science train is scheduled from February 17 to September 8 and will halt at 68 stations across the country. The 16-coach air-conditioned train showcases projects on climate change, biodiversity, space missions and space science. It will halt at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) from July 19 to 22 and will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. The exhibition is open to all.

In a report, the Central Railway has claimed that over the exhibition’s 1,746 days, it has received an overwhelming response and is visited by 1.68 crore visitors. It has become the largest and longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition. The train also has 12 entries in the Limca Book of Records.

The state-of-the-art exhibition’s aim is to create awareness among the various sections of the society about the impact of climate change on nature conservation and other aspects. It is a flagship programme of the Department of Science and Technology and is being organised by the Ministry of Railways, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Department of Biotechnology, Wildlife Institute of India and Vikram Sarabhai Community Centre.

What to expect?
Each coach is exclusively devoted to information and case studies related to various aspect of ‘Climate Change’. Here’s a quick guide of the same:

Coach 1- Understanding Climate Change
Awareness about the climate as a system, greenhouse gas effect and reasons for climate change.

Coach 2 – Impact of Climate Change
Monsoon variations, sea level rise, temperature rise and its impact on water, agriculture, forest and biodiversity.

Coach 3 & 4 – Adaption
Concepts of adaption, its stories, strategies, examples from day to day life and actions India is taking.

Coach 5 & 6 – Mitigation
Concept, definition, emphasis on restoring balance and reducing emission through renewable energy technologies. Programmes implemented by India and its goal to increase renewable energy footprint.

Coach 7 – International Negotiations for Climate Change

  • Introduction to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • Kyoto protocol and key outcomes of Conference of the Parties (COP) and Paris Agreement.

Coach 8 – Positive Actions
What an individual can do at school, public places, home and offices to ‘Increase handprint, decrease footprint’.

Coach 9 & 10 – Biotechnology and Nature Conservation
The displays on the coach are being organised by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Government of India, that covers the concept of biotechnology for bio-resources and nature conservation with a focus on tiger conservation and chemical ecology. It also explains India’s research and development in the field of biotechnology.

Coach 11 – Exhibition by the National Innovation Foundation
The coach showcases select innovations and project that uses augmented reality techniques. It also exhibits innovations in science and technology, science education and technological solutions for societal development. For harnessing solar energy, panels have been installed on the rooftop of coaches 11-13.

Coach 12 – Kids Zone
The coach is set up for students of grade 5 and below, and is power-packed with activities, games and puzzles in science, environment and mathematics.

Coach 13 – Hands-on Lab
The Joy of Science (JOS) is a lab where students from grade 6 to 10, can perform experiments and activities to understand concepts in science, environment and mathematics. There is also a training facility for orientation of teachers.

In a nutshell:
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)
When: July 19 to 22
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Entry: Free