World Space Week Archives  WSW 2008 Celebrations in Karachi

 

 
 

WSW 2008 Celebrations in Karachi

 

Inauguration ceremony

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WSW 2008 celebrations commenced with a formal inauguration ceremony held at the Council room of the Dean of University of Karachi on 28 October 2008. The Provincial Education Minister was the chief guest at the ceremony. A large number of scientists, researchers, lecturers, students, representatives of various public and private sector organizations and delegates attended the event. The formal ceremony was followed by a Seminar where scholars and scientists delivered technical lectures and presentations on topics related to space sciences, space technology and their applications. The event was covered by the print and electronic media which helped create interest in the series of WSW 2008 events that ensued.

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Planet watch at University of Karachi

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On 30 October 2008 the Institute of Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA), University of Karachi, arranged a Planet Watch program at University of Karachi’s observatory. Faculty members and students had a chance to see planets and stars through the institute’s telescope. The lecturers at the institute also delivered lectures related to space sciences and astrophysics to visiting students.

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Awareness lectures and documentaries

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SUPARCO has designed a special Education Bus which is equipped with state-of- the-art Multimedia equipments and various other instructional facilities. During 4 – 8 November 2008, a team of three scientists went with this bus to the suburban areas of Karachi to deliver lectures and show space related documentaries to the underprivileged students. Hundreds of school students and teachers benefited from these lectures and documentaries.

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Seminar

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On 04 November 2008, SUPARCO, in collaboration with University of Karachi, held a seminar titled “Space based solutions for Environmental Issues” at the Department of Environmental Studies at University of Karachi. A number of research papers were presented at the seminar and students from various departments of the faculty of sciences attended the seminar.

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Poster competition

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On 02 November 2008, Institute of Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA), University of Karachi organized a poster competition at PIA planetarium. Winners were given prizes at the closing of the celebrations.

 

Sky Simulation and Telescope shows

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SUPARCO collaborated with PIA planetarium in Karachi to offer free sky simulation shows to school students and general public from 4 – 8 November 2008. SUPARCO also mounted a telescope at the planetarium premises so the visiting students also got a chance to see Jupiter and its moons visible during that particular time.

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