Muscat: The third edition of Oman Science Festival 2022 kicked off under the patronage of Eng. Said Hamoud Al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology.
The six-day event is themed “Together we live the Passion of Science”. Dr. Abdullah Khamis Ambosaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Education and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the festival, said: “The implementation of this national festival in its third edition is more extensive than it was, with an increase in the number of halls, events and activities, and the presence of external participation in seminars and workshops presented in the margin of the festival.”
The opening ceremony included an introductory film of the Oman Science Festival, and a tour of the chief guest of the ceremony and the attendees around the corners of the festival which includes 70 corners.
These corners included many interactive scientific activities and workshops, scientific exhibitions of innovations, scientific experiments, scientific competitions, lectures and discussion sessions, and scientific theatre.
Among these corners, the health corner which includes 46 activities, the education corner includes 18 activities, the skills corner includes 3 activities, the commerce and trading corner includes 20 activities.
The scientific innovations exhibition includes 75 innovations from various governmental and private institutions and military bodies, while the corner of the innovative workshop includes 11 workshops that varies between innovations modelling, marketing, developing, and preserving ideas.
The space and aeronautics corner includes 30 activities while the food safety corner includes 21 activities. The artificial intelligence corner includes 25 activities while the environment corner includes 24 various activities. The international organisations, agencies and institutions are divided into two corners: the universe wonders corner which presents the cosmic phenomena in an interactive way, delivered by a number of scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and the University of Glasgow.
The second corner is the peaceful nuclear science in cooperation with the international atomic energy agency in which specialists showcase the most prominent technologies in nuclear energy uses in various aspects of life (medical, agricultural, commercial) in interactive way.
The scientific cinema includes 25 various scientific films throughout the festival days. The stema-zone corner includes 3 activities while the challenges corner includes 4 activities, and the scientific competitions corner includes various competitions, such as the hackathons, programming, robotics, and drones.
The scientific theatre includes two theatres: Ahmed bin Majid Theatre, which includes 12 activities, and Ibn Al Haytham Theatre which includes 35 activities.
The festival also includes interactive stands for the sponsors and innovation supporting corners. The innovation space presented by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation includes 4 activities and scientific stories.