Science Express is a unique science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train. It has been travelling across India successfully for the past six years. Flagged off on 30 October 2007 by the then Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, the exhibition train has since covered over 1,00,000 km across the country, receiving more than 1.09 crore visitors at its 335 halts, in 1205 exhibition days. Science Express has thus become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition in India and has created six Limca Book of Records in its journey so far. From 2007 to 2011 the train was running as 'Science Express’ displaying the world of micro and macro cosmos, spreading the awareness about strengths of science in meeting global challenges, including latest discoveries and innovations in the field of modern science. In the year 2012, Science Express was redesigned on the theme ‘Biodiversity’ and since then it has been running as ‘Science Express Biodiversity Special’.
With United Nations declaration of the current decade (2011-2020) as Decade on Biodiversity and India holding Chair of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to Convention of Biological Diversity during 2012, Science Express was redesigned on the theme ‘Biodiversity’ and since 2012 it has been running as Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS). The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard SEBS aims to create wide-spread awareness on the unique biodiversity of India, Climate Change, Water, Energy Conservation and related issues among various sections of the society, especially students. Of the 16 coaches of the SEBS, 8 coaches are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio- geographical zones of India like Trans-Himalaya & Himalaya, the Gangetic Plain, North-East India, the Western Ghats, the Indian Deserts, the Semi-Arid Zone, the Deccan Peninsula and the Coasts and the Islands. The exhibition also covers various other facets like marine, coastal, forest, microbial, agro biodiversity and their linkage with livelihoods besides challenges of conservation. In rest of the rake, the exhibition includes themes on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water, Sustainable Environment and Energy Conservation. After two years of successful journey, SEBS is once again travelling across the country as SEBS Phase III from 28 July 2014 till 06 February 2015. In the current phase SEBS is scheduled to travel to 57 locations, where it will halt for 3-4 days, during which the exhibition will remain open for visitors. The entry to the exhibition and participation in the complementary activities is free for all.
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