Highlights of SSF in Pakistan

Science Film Festival 2019 in Pakistan

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America: In cooperation with local partners it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through international films with accompanying educational activities. The Science Film Festival presents scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience and demonstrates that science can be fun. The event has grown considerably since its first edition in 2005, becoming the largest event of its kind worldwide.

The inauguration of the Science Film Festival took place on October 15 at Dawood Public School in the presence of the trustee Dawood Foundation, Sabrina Dawood, and the Director of the Goethe-Institut Pakistan, Stefan Winkler and the team. The Goethe-Institut Pakistan collaborated with the Dawood Foundation and the Dawood Public School (DPS) and conducted screenings at the school and others for the first time in Pakistan to promote science literacy in the city. Dawood Public School promotes education for girls from all socio-economic backgrounds and hope that more women pursue careers in the field of science. In total, 5,052 students participated during the course of Science Film Festival in Pakistan.

“Humboldt and the Web of Life” was the theme of the Science Film Festival 2019. With our world thriving towards progress and technology and less focused on the consequences, economic and technology growth has on our environment, we have now come to a turning point. Alexander von Humboldt has already known 250 years ago, that the entire globe is connected with one another in ways that human beings may never understand fully. Because, as Humboldt has predicted, nature is interconnected with itself like a web of life, any human interference will result in unpredictable aftereffects. With the arctic melting, forests burning and global warming increasing exponentially, the consequences of industrialization and urbanization are clear. It is time to think of further sustainable solutions in order to make planet earth livable for future generations. With Humboldt’s 250th birthday this year, the Science Film Festival 2019 celebrates the scientific findings of Humboldt, which are more needed today than ever before.

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