The second Science and Atom Festival takes place in Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 27-28 November, Uzbekistan hosted the second Science and Atom Festival, organized by the Information Center for Atomic Technologies (ICAT) in Tashkent with the support of the Uzatom Agency and the Rosatom State Corporation. The event was held online under the slogan "Science is fashionable!"
This year, the festival presented an expanded program of events with new formats, including the show "Children's Question to a Scientist", a workshop "Entertaining Science", a virtual trip "Uzbekistan through the eyes of an atomic scientist" and others. Festival events were held in Uzbek and Russian.
Well-known scientists from Russia and Uzbekistan, popularizers of science, bloggers, journalists and even Tashkent schoolchildren discussed scientific breakthroughs, advanced technologies and innovations.
Within the framework of the festival, a discussion was held on the topic "Why exactly the atom", at which the director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ilkhom Sadikov spoke about the use of nuclear technologies in medicine, and the head of the operation service of the electron accelerator "Electronics U-003" Normamat Ismatov - about the application nuclear technologies for sterilization of agricultural products and medical products.
Russian science journalist Dmitry Gorchakov shared his professional secrets and opportunities in popularizing science in the media space as part of the Science and Innovation: Explore, Write and Monetize master class. Vyacheslav Kan, director of the Center for Development and Career Guidance in Tashkent) and Ilya Kabanov, scientific observer of the Russian website Taiga.info, as part of the discussion "How to choose a profession of the future?" talked about what professions and skills will be in demand in the near future. The online quiz "Atomic credit" was held for senior pupils and students.
The festival ended with a popular science talk show “Let us disassemble into atoms. Myths that annoy scientists ”, during which Andrei Akatov, senior lecturer at the Department of Engineering Radioecology and Radiochemical Technology, St. Petersburg State Technical University, Stanislav Drobyshevsky, Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Biology, Moscow State University. Lomonosov, and Lyudmila Khegai, head of the environmental support group for the project at UzLITI Engineering, debunked myths in the field of nuclear energy, anthropology and ecology.
A popular science event of this format was held in Uzbekistan for the first time. The average age of the viewer audience ranged from 18 to 34 years old.
“We are glad that the Science and Atom Festival has attracted the attention of the youth of Uzbekistan. Every year more and more young people in our country show a serious interest in nuclear energy, nuclear technology and science. Schoolchildren and students actively respond to new formats, where education and science are closely intertwined with modern technologies,” comments Gulrukhsor Ravshanova, head of the press service of the Uzatom Agency and ICAT.
This is the second festival in Uzbekistan, the first was held in 2019 and gathered more than 1000 participants. The Science and Atom Festival is a series of scientific and educational events in the field of nuclear science and technology. Events are held in many countries developing nuclear power and non-energy applications of nuclear technologies: Bangladesh, India, Belarus, Armenia, Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia and others, and are invariably very popular.