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Science Festivity 2011 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Planetarium Science Center at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina organized Science Festivity 2011 for the fifth year in a row on April 10, 2011. Science Festivity grants science presence in the community, and is appropriate to different age groups and cultural backgrounds. All visitors enjoyed the acquisition of knowledge through participation in various activities, whether alone or accompanied by family and friends. The Festivity also welcomed schools trips from all educational stages. The theme for this year’s festivity was “Science and Scientists”;aiming to emphasize the pivotal role of science and scientists in Egypt’s development. The day’s closing session, was the lecture entitled: “The Development Corridor and the Future of Egypt”, delivered by Dr. Farouk El-Baz ; Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Boston MA, U.S.A. In the lecture, Dr. El-Baz explained his re-submitted proposal for a superhighway west of the Nile from the Mediterranean Sea coastline to Lake Nasser. The project is expected to provide numerous opportunities for the development of new communities, agriculture, industry, trade and tourism. The public response for this enriching event was unexpectedly great, as the presence for the festivity whether from schools or as families and individuals was overwhelming and reached about 5000 visitor throughout the day. The number of the lecture attendees was unrecorded as it reached over 7,000. The Library Conferences Center halls were full and the crowds filled the Plaza to watch the lecture live on the giant plasma screens. In addition to visitors who opted to watch the lecture at their leisure through webcasting facilities.