In the year 2015, for the eighth phase, Science Express was redesigned it on the theme ‘Climate Change’ and it ran on the Indian Rail Tracks as 'Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)'. The basic objective was to contribute towards increasing understanding of the science of climate change, the observed and anticipated impacts, and different possible responses. The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard SECAS aimed to create awareness among various sections of society, especially students, as to how Climate Change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation. It was a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Ministry of Railways, Govt. India.
In its eighth phase, from 15 October 2015 to 07 May 2016, Science Express travelled across the country, halting at 64 locations in 20 States, covering about 19,800 km. It received an overwhelming response with a total of 23,24,240 visitors, including 5,89,615 students, 30,120 teachers and 13,29,373 general visitors. With over 23.24 lakh visitors, SECAS became the biggest Climate Change Awareness Programme in the country.
Looking at the unprecedented response which SECAS received during its journey, DST in collaboration with MoEFCC and DBT, Govt. of India, decided to run the ninth phase of Science Express once again as on the theme ‘Climate Change’ as SECAS II.
The ninth phase of the Science Express as SECAS II is scheduled to run from 17 Feb. to 08 Sept. 2017, over 19000 km during which it will be exhibited at 68 stations across India. SECAS focuses on Climate Change and Science & Technology. The exhibition will convey a message about Climate Change and will also be a good opportunity to generate dialogue and discussion.The SECAS II is a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India; Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).
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. Of the 16 coaches of SECAS, exhibition in 8 coaches developed 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 follows:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the team aboard the train on 09428405407.