The IX Phase of the prestigious Science Express
exhibition train which is on a Nationwide tour since 17 February 2017
reached Sindhudurg in Maharashtra today i.e. 17 July 2017. This phase of
train is being referred as ‘Science
Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ highlighting the global
challenge of climate change.
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Inaugurated this Sindhudurg leg of Science Express today i.e. 17 July,
2017 through Video Conferencing from Delhi. SECAS
is focusing on Climate Change and Science & Technology. The exhibition
conveys message about Climate Change and is also a good opportunity to
generate dialogue and discussion. This exhibition train will be
available for public viewing at Roha
Railway Station on 18th July and after that at Mumbai CST from 19
to 22 July 2017, then the train will move forward to next destinations
as per its itinerary.
Science Express is a flagship programme of the Dept. of
Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India. It is an innovative mobile
science exhibition mounted on a 16 coach AC train, traveling across
India since October 2007. Since then, it has made eight tours of the
country, traveling about 1,53,000 km and exhibiting at 495 locations.
Over its 1712 exhibition days, Science Express received an overwhelming
response and 1.64 crore visitors. Science Express has become the
largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science
exhibition and has twelve entries in the Limca Book of Records.
Science Express Phase I to IV showcased cutting-edge
research in Science and Technology being carried out worldwide. Phase V
to VII was based on the theme of biodiversity and as ‘Science Express
Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’, it showcased the rich biodiversity of
India and its conservation measures. Phase VIII as ‘Science Express
Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ highlighted the global challenge of
The current ninth phase of the Science Express as SECAS
II was flagged off on 17 Feb 2017 from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station
by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways; Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister
of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences; and Late Shri Anil Madhav
Dave, Minister of State (I/C) for Environment, Forest and Climate
Change, Govt. of India. The current tour of SECAS is scheduled from 17
Feb to 8 Sept 2017, during which it will be exhibited at 68 stations
across India, covering 19000 km. SECAS is focusing on Climate Change and
Science & Technology. The exhibition conveys message about Climate
Change and is also a good opportunity to generate dialogue and
The SECAS II is a unique collaborative initiative of
Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest &
Climate Change (MoEFCC), Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of
Railways, Govt of India; Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Vikram A
Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).
Climate Change is an important environmental issue, with
many short term and long term impacts. From shifting weather patterns
that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the
risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are not
just global in scope and unprecedented in scale but they also more
severely affect the poor and marginalized people. However, there is very
little understanding about climate change and its impacts. The
state-of-the-art exhibition on board the SECAS aims to create awareness
among various sections of society as to how climate change can be
combated through mitigation and adaptation.
The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 Nov 2016. The
Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to
the threat of climate change and to strengthen the ability of countries
to deal with the impacts of climate change. The first session of the
Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the
Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) took place in Marrakech in
November 2016. The Conference successfully demonstrated to the world
that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and the
constructive spirit of multilateral cooperation on climate change
continues. Science Express, redesigned as SECAS, intends to contribute
towards increasing understanding of the science of climate change, the
observed and anticipated impacts, and different possible responses. The
previous 3 phases of Science Express were rolled out as a joint
initiative of DST and MoEFCC as Biodiversity Special and
showcased the myriad biodiversity of India. Thus it was rational to
shift the focus to the theme ‘Climate Change’ as it will affect the
biodiversity of not just India but the entire globe as well.
Of the 16 coaches of SECAS, exhibition in 8 coaches put
up by MoEFCC, is exclusively devoted to information, case studies and
material related to various aspect of Climate change, the underlying
science, impacts, adaptation activities, mitigation solutions and policy
approaches in a manner that is easy to understand and interesting for
not just school students but also the masses. In rest of the rake, there
are exhibits and activities put up by DBT and DST.
The broad theme covered in each exhibition coach is as
· Coach 1: Understanding Climate Change -
Insights in the climate as a system, the greenhouse gas effect and the
underlying reasons for climate change with key message that the current
change in the climate is due to human activities.
· Coach 2: Impact of Climate Change - How
temperature rise, monsoon variations, sea level rise are predicted to
affect vital sectors like water, agriculture, forests and biodiversity,
and human health and ways to reduce these.
· Coach 3 & 4: Adaptation - Concepts of
adaptation and examples from day to day life, adaptation strategies and
stories from field. Adaptation options in urban and rural contexts and
the adaptation actions India is taking.
· Coach 5 & 6: Mitigation - Concept and
definition with examples, emphasis on restoring balance, enhancing sinks
and reducing emission through Renewable Energy (RE) technologies.
Various programmes implemented by India and low carbon strategies and
ambitious goal to increase RE footprint.
· Coach 7: International Negotiations for Climate
Change - Introduction to UNFCCC, IPCC and internationally agreed action
& targets. Explaining concept of equity and common but differential
responsibility, Kyoto protocol & other key outcomes of major COP, Paris
· Coach 8: Positive Actions - What can one do at
school, on roads, at home and in offices and focus on concept of
lifestyle choices with the key message ‘Increase your Handprint.
Decrease your Footprint’.
· Coach 9 & 10: Exhibition put up by the
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India, covering themes like
Biotechnology for bioresources and nature conservation with emphasis on
Tiger Conservation and Chemical Ecology and India’s research and
development initiatives in field of Biotechnology.
· Coach 11: Exhibition put up by the National
Innovation Foundation (NIF) showcasing select innovations, demonstrating
the ingenuity of common people and an innovative project which uses
augmented reality techniques. Also, exhibition on themes like
Innovations in S&T, Science Education, Technological solutions for
societal development, etc.
· Coach 12: A Kids Zone is set up for children
from Std. 5 and below to participate in fun-filled activities, games and
puzzles in science, mathematics and environment.
· Coach 13: The Joy of Science (JOS) Hands-on Lab
in this coach is a space where students from Std. 6-10 can perform
experiments and activities to understand concepts in environment,
science and mathematics in an interesting manner. A training facility is
also set up for orientation of teachers here.
· Solar panels have been installed on the rooftop
of Science Express coaches 11-13, as a collaborative effort of DST and
CEL, for harnessing solar energy.
At each halt of SECAS, activities are planned to engage
visitors across different age groups to reinforce its message. An
exciting and much sought-after Outreach Programme is also conducted in
local schools/institutions along with activities on the railway
platforms. In addition, informative take-away material is made available
for wider distribution amongst schools and visitors.
DST has entrusted Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science
Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad with the task of managing the SECAS across
India. VASCSC’s team of qualified, trained and highly motivated Science
Communicators travelling with the train explain and interpret the
exhibition, answers queries, facilitate the visitors and conduct
The exhibition is open to all but primarily targets
students and teachers. More information is available on the website www.sciencexpress.in. For
visit to the exhibition or any queries, please send an email to email@example.com or
contact the team aboard the train on 09428405407. School students can
participate in the JOS Lab in small batches of up to 20 students, by
Team-SECAS solicits cooperation from all the concerned
departments, media, institutions and individuals in giving wider
publicity to this prestigious exhibition-on-wheels, so that a large
number of visitors are benefited.
· The exhibition is open to all.
· There is no entry fee for visiting the
· Not allowed on the Science Express: Items
like mobiles, cameras, bags, match-boxes, cigarettes, beedis, tobacco,
water bottles, any liquid, and any sharp/ pointed objects.
· Venue: Railway station of the respective city
· Timing: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
· Refer schedule for the dates at respective
Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II)
17 February - 8 September 2017