To create awareness and
also to create liking about science and technology among students, the
Government of India has launched a unique science exhibition focusing on
biodiversity and climate change, mounted on a customized 16 coach AC
train which would camp at the Nagpur city railway station between
September 30 and October 3. Science Express - Biodiversity Special (SEBS),
is a collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology
(DST) and Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India.
Since its launch in October 2007, the Science Express exhibition train
has covered over 68,000 km across the country during its previous four
phases. With over 65 lakh visitors at its 230 halts over 830 exhibition
days till date, Science Express is now the largest, longest and most
visited mobile science exhibition in India. After the successful run
over four phases, the current phase of this iconic train has been
launched as the Science Express - Biodiversity Special (SEBS). SEBS was
inaugurated on 5 June 2012, World Environment Day, at Delhi Safdarjung
by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi and Hon’ble Minister for Environment
& Forests, Govt. of India.
The current decade (2011-2020) has been declared as the United Nations
Decade on Biodiversity and United Nations Decade for Deserts and the
Fight against Desertification. With India hosting the Eleventh meeting
of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD), from 8-19 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India, it is an
opportune time to showcase the wide array of biodiversity in the country
and the conservation measures adopted thereof. The SEBS therefore is
based on the theme ‘Biodiversity’.
The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard the ‘Science Express -
Biodiversity Special’ aims to create awareness on biodiversity of India,
climate change and similar issues among various audiences, specially the
students. The exhibition targets a wide range of audience including
school and college students as well as teachers.
In the current phase from 5 June to 22 December 2012, SEBS 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. SEBS
will also be stationed at Secunderabad from 9 to 19 October 2012, during
the COP 11 meeting in Hyderabad. It is expected that dignitaries and
delegates from about 180 countries and various organizations
participating in the COP 11 meeting will be visiting the SEBS during
Of the 16 coaches of SEBS, eight supported by MoEF, 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. The exhibition also covers
various other facets like marine, coastal, forest, microbial, agro
biodiversity and their linkage with livelihoods besides challenges of
One coach has an exhibition on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Water,
supported by HSBC while another coach displays exhibits on Climate
Change developed by Swiss Embassy and Nestle. Another coach houses an
exhibition on energy conservation, supported by PCRA. The Legacy of
Science Express showcasing popular exhibits from the previous phases too
has been exhibited in one coach. The popular VASCSC Joy of Science (JOS)
Lab, supported by Indus Towers, is put up in one coach. In this hands-on
lab students can perform various experiments and activities to
understand concepts in biodiversity, climate change, environment and
science in an interesting manner. The students participating in the JOS
Lab are given certificates and their teachers are given activity manuals
for use in schools. Discussion Centre-cum-training facility is provided
in a coach for capacity building of teachers in different aspects of
environment and science.
At each halt, activities are planned to engage visitors across different
ages to reinforce the awareness about biodiversity conservation and
climate change. These include the exciting Outreach Programme conducted
at local schools and institutions; and interesting activities for
visitors on the respective railway platforms. Specific outreach
activities are conducted in local schools and institutions through
National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) and National Green Corps
(NGC) networks. Informative take-away material is also made available
for wider distribution among schools and visitors.
The exhibition reflects the wisdom and the hard-work of the knowledge
partners who have contributed immensely to bring forth the essence of
‘biodiversity’ and conservation practices in our country. MoEF has
partnered with the DST for the exhibition on biodiversity. Vikram A
Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad and Centre for
Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad along with the knowledge partners
have developed and put up to this unique exhibition-on-wheels. HSBC,
Swiss Embassy, Nestle, PCRA and Indus Towers have supported part of the
exhibitions and complementary activities.
VASCSC has been entrusted by DST with the task of coordinating the SEBS
across India. VASCSC’s team of well-qualified, trained and highly
motivated Science Communicators travelling with the train explain and
interpret the exhibition, answers queries, facilitate the visitors and
conduct complementary activities.
The exhibition is open to all but primarily targets students and
• The exhibition is open to all.
• There is no entry fee for the exhibition.
• Not allowed on the Science Express: Items like bags, match-boxes,
beedis, tobacco, water bottles, any liquid, and any sharp pointed
• Use of mobiles and cameras is not allowed.
• Venue: Respective Railway Station as per the schedule.
• Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
• Refer schedule for the dates at respective halts.