Meet robots, fly drones (legally, of course!), and learn about artificial intelligence (AI) at the Oman Science Festival – the Sultanate’s largest science expo.
The event, which will begin tomorrow [November 4] and conclude on November 8 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), will open a world of information across various scientific fields to the public.
This year’s festival will witness more than 300 events and over 1,200 participants who are representing several Governmental, military and private organisations – and the event list extends to programming, hackathons, drone competitions, scientific presentations, as well as screening of scientific cinemas.
Coming to Oman under the slogan of ‘The fourth industrial revolution: Unlimited techniques’, the second edition of Oman Science Festival will introduce knowledge development programmes in the fields of science, mathematics and environmental geography.
It falls under a national programme that aims in raising students’ academic achievements, framing teachers’ efforts in developing students’ awareness and encouraging them to partake in the fields of research and investigation, and organised scientific thinking.
The festival will also shed light on the importance of a knowledge-based society – and how it will impact Oman’s economy in the future. This is why the event is targeting school, college and university students, educators, researchers, and parents in addition to Governmental entities, the civil society, and private sector organisations.
His Excellency Saud Bin Salim al Balushi, the Ministry of Education’s Undersecretary for Educational Planning and Human Resources Development, and Chairman of the organising committee of the festival said: “Oman Science Festival is an important scientific [programme], which can enrich the scientific movement in the Sultanate.
“We hope to earn a lot from its functions and to achieve the desired goals of holding this festival.”
This year will witness extensive participation from international organisations – such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and even the Rolls Royce Foundation.