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Theme 2016: Material Science

Throughout human history, new materials have revolutionized our world. Whenever craftspersons, manufacturers and scientists got hold of new materials it allowed them to create new things that had not been possible before. But what are the next new materials that will change our world?

You could call material science the study of stuff! Just about everything you use every day – the shoes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the phone you use – it's all made of different kinds of stuff. Understanding how the materials are put together, how they can be used, how they can be changed and made better to do more amazing things – even creating completely new kinds of stuff: that's what materials science is all about.


Some materials are so new that the scientists who discovered them hardly know what to do with them – they only know they might yet transform our lives. Scientists are now turning to computers to design materials and work out their properties before even going anywhere near a laboratory. Some of the newest materials that are getting scientists fired up exist only in theory. The goal now is to make them a reality. But each has the potential to be transformative.

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      The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East: In cooperation with local partners it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through film and television content with accompanying educational activities. The festival presents scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and demonstrates that science can be communicated in an educational, as well as entertaining manner. The event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind and one of the biggest film festivals worldwide in terms of audience reach.

      By facilitating cooperation between local and international agencies from the scientific, cultural, educational and environmental sector, with the generous support of the international film and television community, an effective infrastructure is put in place for the dissemination of scientific understanding and access to knowledge. All films are synchronized into local languages to offer viewers access to the content without language barriers. During the festival period, the films are screened non-commercially in museums, schools, universities and other educational venues through coordinated efforts of partners with existing networks and the capabilities to organize such screenings. The festival offers a platform for cultural exchange through which different approaches to the world of science converge.

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      The Science Film Festival in 2016 is organized in Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, together with various local partners.

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