UAE’s big­gest sci­ence fes­ti­val be­gins to­day


Gulf News - - Nation - BY FAISAL MASUDI Staff Re­porter

The five-day Na­tional Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion (NSTI) Fes­ti­val be­gins to­day, to award some of the bright­est Emi­rati stu­dents, show­case lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the field, and of­fer fam­i­lies a car­ni­val at­mos­phere.

The free-to-en­ter NSTI Fes­ti­val will run till Mon­day at Dubai Fes­ti­val Arena, near Dubai Fes­ti­val City. It is or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces.

The fes­ti­val is also be­ing held as part of the on­go­ing UAE In­no­va­tion Month (Fe­bru­ary).

Yes­ter­day, min­istry of­fi­cials briefed the me­dia about key ac­tiv­i­ties, ini­tia­tives and events of the NSTI Fes­ti­val, which has seg­ments in Con­fer­ence, Awards, Sci­ence Fair, Fam­ily Fes­ti­val, and In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion X (IR-X), among oth­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val is avail­able at www. ns­tifes­ti­

Min­is­ters of ed­u­ca­tion, higher ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vanced sciences, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, and cul­ture will be par­tic­i­pat­ing, along with some of the lead­ing speak­ers in the world on tech­nol­ogy.

Jameela Salem Al Muhairi, Min­is­ter of State for Pub­lic Ed­u­ca­tion, said the fes­ti­val “has sig­nif­i­cant im­por­tance as it re­it­er­ates the na­tion’s vi­sions that make in­no­va­tion the core of its jour­ney to­wards sci­ence and ad­vanced knowl­edge. The fes­ti­val demon­strates the as­pi­ra­tions of our gov­ern­ment and the vi­sion of our wise lead­er­ship that recog­nises the im­por­tance of in­no­va­tion and shed light on its in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion in var­i­ous spheres of life.”

She added: “The NSTI Fes­ti­val al­lows stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers to stay up to date on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, modern tech­niques, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and the lat­est trends in ad­vanced ed­u­ca­tional so­lu­tions. It of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive agenda with its var­i­ous events, pro­grammes, com­pe­ti­tions, ini­tia­tives, ses­sions and work­shops by ex­perts and ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers from around the world.”

Pro­vid­ing an over­view of the fes­ti­val, Dr Am­nah Al Da­hak Al Shamsi, as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary, Ac­tiv­i­ties Sec­tor, and di­rec­tor of In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship Depart­ment, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, said the fes­ti­val builds on sim­i­lar — but smaller — events held in 2016 and 2017. “This year, we have moved to fo­cus on in­no­va­tion be­cause we want to align with the Na­tional Strat­egy for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion,” as well as em­pha­sise “core sciences”, she added.

Dr Am­nah Al Da­hak Al Shamsi speaks dur­ing the me­dia brief­ing on the fes­ti­val in Dubai yes­ter­day.

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