Eskom Expo amongst leading science authorities at IRIS Virtual Fair

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists will be amongst the leading authorities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) to share valuable insights at the 2021 Initiative for Research and Innovation in STEM (IRIS) National Fair.

Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty is set to share valuable knowledge regarding how Expo for Young Scientists develops and supports STEMI initiatives for South Africa, at the virtual event which takes place from 23 to 24 January 2021.

Chetty says: “Although the world suffered a setback with the Covid-19 outbreak, many South African learners were further disadvantaged due to the large digital divide that prevented online teaching and learning. Expo for Young Scientists was, however, the only science fair to continue to provide valuable educational support, by transitioning to various online platforms, supporting both teachers and learners across the country. The world-wide series of virtual science fairs opened up new opportunities for South African learners to participate in many more international events than ever before. The year ahead still has many challenges for ‘normal’ schooling, but Expo is busy preparing a new strategy for 2021 to ensure no learners are left behind”.

Other esteemed guests who will be sharing knowledge at the event include: The Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology director, Sujit Banerjee; Broadcom India’s member of the board of directors, Jiju George; India’s National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Dr Praveen Arora; and Broadcom Foundation president Paula Golden.

The IRIS National Fair, which began as the Intel Science Talent and Discovery Fair in 1999, promotes and nurtures science and scientific research among young Indian innovators. It recognises and rewards outstanding projects, and aims to increase the interest in science and technology in school children.

The event will also feature a special talk by European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Principal Scientist, Dr Archana Sharma, who will enlighten viewers about the leading research organisation that operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

Disney Animation Studios Tech Manager and Academy Award Winner, Rajesh Sharma, who worked on award-winning animated films, Moana and Wreck-It-Ralph will speak about what goes into making animation films at Disney.

The event kicks off at 6.30am on 23 January 2021 and concludes at 11.30pm on 24 January 2021. It will be followed by an awards ceremony at 12pm. To register as a viewer, click here.

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