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One of world’s largest science festival IISF starts in Kolkata today!

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The 5th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) starts in Kolkata today and will run till November 8. IISF is the largest science festival in the world and focuses on youth to inspire and motivate them to learn real science in motion. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘RISEN India – Research, Innovation, and Science Empowering the Nation’. 

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Medical Research and the Ministry of Earth Sciences are major government sponsoring bodies for the event. The IISF will also host 28 different events such as Agriculture Scientists’ Meet, Vigyan Samagam, Young Scientists Conference, Vigyanika-International Science Literature Festival, International Science Film Festival of India.

More than 12,000 participants, including 8,000 students, are expected to attend the event. Around 350 students will replicate the experiment of wireless communication conducted by Jagadish Chandra Bose. The IISF 2019 is the fifth edition since its inception in 2015. The first and second IISF were held in New Delhi, the third in Chennai and the fourth in Lucknow, which witnessed a widespread participation from over 10 lakh scientists and science enthusiasts worldwide.