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IISER Kolkata to give opportunity for common people to interact with space scientists

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The exhibition aims to showcase Indian space science achievements

A national space science exhibition will open in the city on December 6 and give students and the general public the chance to connect with space scientists and entrepreneurs in the space industry.

Spokesperson for IISER Kolkata on Monday informed that the six-day exhibition will be hosted by Indian Space Research Organisation, the SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Science City, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, and other partner organisations from the city, including the Presidency University, University of Calcutta, and St. Xavier’s College.

The Astronomical Society of India, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Physical Research Laboratory, IISER Kolkata, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Ashoka University, SatCom Industry Association of India, and ISRO centres will all host interactions with space scientists, entrepreneurs in the space industry, and experts in science outreach.

IISER Kolkata Professor Dibyendu Nandi, who leads the local organising committee said, “This exhibition is a collaboration of various city-based organisations and the national space science community to showcase Indian space science achievements and ISRO’s role in catalysing the growth of space-reliant technologies for the benefit of society.”

Dr S Seetha of Raman Research Institute, who chairs the National Space Science Symposium’s Outreach Committee said that AS Kiran Kumar, chairperson of ISRO’s APEX Board, proposed organising such a nationwide exhibition focusing on space sciences. The outreach group is in charge of organising the show, which will take place in several locations throughout the city.

“We are really happy to be holding this exhibition and welcome the city to join us in this celebration of India’s space science endeavours,” said Professor Prasanta Panigrahi, Director of IISER, Kolkata.