CHEMEX 2011 Trade Fair and ExhibitionActivity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara | added on Feb 23, 2011 | Sri Lanka
Sponsor(s): UNESCO, Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Ltd, Unilevers, Independent Television Networks, Nelus Advertising Agency,
The Trade Fair and Exhibition was held on 27-30 February 2011 at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Conference Hall, Colombo. IYC 2011 and the CHEMEX 2011 were ceremonially inaugurated by Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitharana Sr. Minister of Scientific Affairs on 27th February 2011.
International Year of Chemistry Trade Fair and Exhibition
CHEMEX 2011, 27th-30th January 2011, BMICH, Colombo
(Text by: A.M. Jayasekara, Programme Officer, IYC 2011 National Secretariat (Sri Lanka)
The CHEMEX 2011 Exhibition and Trade Fair conducted at BMICH from 27th to 30th January and organized by the National Secretariat of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon with a view to celebrating the achievements of chemistry and chemical sciences as part of IYC 2011 activities , was successfully concluded bringing much benefits, especially to the younger generation of the country. It has been estimated that a good cross section of the society, around 200,000 school children, university students, businessmen, industrialists, academics and the general public from all the three communities have visited CHEMEX 2011. Participation of teachers and school children from the areas such as Jaffna, Akkaraipattu and Mullaitivu is of special significance.
The exhibition was unique in that, it consisted of multifarious activities such as seminars, debates, chemistry magic shows, dramas and chemistry demonstrations as well as kiddies play, musical programmes, dances and many other entertainments. Therefore, it was indeed very much more than a mere exhibition. Over 100 exhibition stalls depicted various aspects of chemistry and chemical industrial products. A large number of students congregated around the stalls to see the chemical demonstrations conducted by the College of Chemical Sciences and the principal universities in Sri Lanka. They had opportunity to actively participate in the debates and seminars which were conducted by the academics and professionals in chemistry and chemical sciences and listen to key note addresses and guest speeches delivered by eminent chemists and industrialists in Sri Lanka. The theme of the IYC 2011, Chemistry our Life Our future had no doubt deeply penetrated into the minds of younger generation and the general public through the exhibition.
Our principle target group, the younger generation and the students as well as teachers were able to accrue the maximum benefit. The feedback we received from the general public, industrial sector, academic institutions and students from schools clearly indicates that the exhibition was very fruitful to them, the achievements are considerable and that, they are eagerly looking for such opportunities in future too.