Amazing science: a key event of the 3rd French Spring Festival [fr]
Nearly a century after Amazing Stories, the first American pulp magazine of science fiction, the French institutions INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and CEA (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) launched Amazing Science, an exhibition which lies across between science fiction and science, on the fringe of pulp culture.
The opening of the exhibition was held on July 4th at 10 am at the Sri Lanka Foundation, with the participation of the scientists mentioned below, the representative of the Foundation and Mr. Alexandre Martinez, General Delegate of the Alliance Française in Sri Lanka-Maldives (Kandy, Jaffna, Matara, Galle and Male).
Four conferences accompanied this exhibition:
"In the shadow of Pulp Science Fiction: Popular culture for the promotion of science and imagination" by Nalaka Gunawardene and S.M. Banduseela,
"The intriguing and amazing images from the Hubble Space Telescope" by Dr. Kavan
"Nanotechnology: what we did in Sri Lanka" by Dr. Nilwala Kottegoda,
"Genomic medicine and personalized healthcare" by Prof. Vajira Dissanayake.
On this occasion, Mr. Michel Treutenaere, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of France, stressed the crucial role of research and scientific information in the field of culture and thanked, in addition to the organizers, the AIRBUS Group: the main sponsor of this event.
The exhibition ended at 4.00 pm with the screening of the documentary film "My Jules Verne" which brought together testimonies of contemporary scientists, explorers and astronauts on the influence of this visionary writer on their life.
Having welcomed over 400 people that day, the exhibition will now run until the end of July at the Alliance Française de Kotte (11 Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 5). It will then tour Sri Lanka in the Education sector with the support of the Alliance Française network.
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