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Science Monitor: 26 December 2020

Science Monitor: 26 December 2020


1. India International Science Festival 2020


India International Science Festival concluded on the 25th of December. The festival was conducted successfully in the virtual format for the first time ever and using the new edge technology it managed the overcome several roadblocks caused due to the covid-19 pandemic. This time the festival hosted 41 events to highlight the different facets of science technology and innovation and attracted participants from India and abroad.

India International Science Festival (IISF)-2020 – CEERI, Pilani – EN

About the Festival:

  • The festival began on 22nd December which also marked the birth anniversary of world-renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The four-day Mahakum of science organised under the focal theme ‘Science for self-reliant India and global welfare’ was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.
  • To reach different sections of the society and to attract youth towards science the festival hosed 41 events this year. As expected, more than one lakh participants registered for these programs. Under different science-intensive events, panel discussions and lectures were organised where scientists, researchers and policy makers expressed their views and shared their insights on different subjects.
  • The mega science technology and industry expo was attended by nearly all the reputed scientific educational and industrial institutions of the country to showcase and demonstrate their science and technology solutions related to the current needs and emerging challenges.
  • Spearheaded by CSIR and organized in collaboration with Vigyan Bharati and all the concerned Ministries and Departments of GoI, the festival also hosted several programs related to the day-to-day issues concerning the general public, agriculture, rural development, biodiversity and the role of science in humanities and industry.
  • Apart from displaying the innovation, the virtual exhibition also educated the masses about the current pandemic and provided information regarding the solutions developed to tackle it. The festival also succeeded in providing an international platform to the artisans of India and showcased their art and craft.
  • This grand event also included an online book fair in which the viewers could access all the information regarding the feature science books. The event based on games and toys attracted the younger generation, youngsters played online games and also understood the science behind toys through toy exhibition and training sessions.
  • IISF 2020 also included an event based on the historic achievements of Indian science. The event featured virtual tour of heritage buildings, planetariums, science cities, famous labs and many more through this activity. People learned about the importance and utility of these places without leaving their homes.
  • Programs like ‘Vigyanika’ depicted the confluence of science and literature and highlighted the need to do so to take the science to the masses.  Overall, the mega festival of science maintained its grandeur in the virtual format and expanded its reach by involving more people from all walks of life.

2. International Science Film Festival of India


Films are considered to be the most effective medium of mass communication and therefore the IISF also hosts a film festival which is officially called the International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI). This time the festival received a record number of 634 entries from 60 countries. More than 200 films on science, health and environment were screened online and the best among them were awarded under various categories.

IISF 2020: Int'l Science Film Fest From Dec 22 To Promote Young Sci-tech  Film-makers

About the ISFFI:

  • ISFFI is a flagship event of IISF to celebrate and promote science through films. This time the festival received a total of 634 film entries from 60 countries including India thus surpassing the figures in the previous years. Out of these about 210 films from 31 countries were nominated for the competition under various categories.
  • IISF has been organizing science film festival to spread scientific awareness in the society and recognizing the exceptional efforts of IISF in this endeavour. The star of the millennium himself conveyed the best to the film festival and IISF.
  • This year films were invited under two themes ‘Science for self-reliant India or Science for global welfare’ and ‘Science and awareness on covid-19 and other health emergencies’. The film festival screened selected films from 31 countries like Australia, USA, UK, Russia, Spain, Germany and many others including India.
  • The films were sent by independent professional filmmakers as well as student filmmakers. Total 20 awards were announced in the International and Indian national categories under International category, German film ‘The insect rescuers and the Iranian film ‘The night nurse’ won the best festival award under separate themes.
  • Four other films were also selected by jury for different awards. Under Indian national category, Rahul Iyyer’s film ‘The trials and triumphs of G N Ramachandran and Seema Murlidhar’s film ‘Raja Rani and Virus’ won the best festival award under different themes. Apart from these films 12 films including the films of student filmmakers were also selected for other awards.



IISF is known to create world records and this time too it maintained its reputation by making several successful attempts. Each day of the festival was marked for a different world record attempt and students from across the country as well as abroad participated in these activities simultaneously to establish new records.