Whilst Pakistan does face a paucity of events that stimulate the love of science, there are some outliers. One of these is the Annual Lahore Science Mela organized by the Khwarizmi Science Society from the 27th to 28th of January.
This event was orchestrated to showcase recent scientific developments in Pakistan. There was an array of live experiments and displays. Notable organizations such as Pakistan Science Club, PCSIR, Lahore Astronomical Society, The Planetary Society, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Government College Lahore and CECOS University also had stalls set up. An Iranian delegation from the Isfahan Mathematics House had also sent a team of representatives to inspire the love of mathematics in young minds, marking the first time an international delegation participated in the event.
The team at Scire diligently covered the team with a great degree of enthusiasm. We here at Scire hold many of the same principles as what this event represented.
Although the event showcased many intriguing displays, one did catch our attention. The TISON Project, led by Doctor Safee Ullah Chaudhary and his team promises to find a personalized cure for cancer through genome mapping and virtual simulations done in a computer program. This will help find an optimal treatment solution unique to every patient.
Another very interesting display was by the National College of Arts; Professor Taimoor Khan shared his extremely intriguing views about how Islamic theology inspires art and architecture. His view really makes one contemplate on how inherently harmonious the world is.
Robotics seemed to be a recurring theme at the Mela. There was an abundance of stalls selling ready made kits for interested children to have a try at it. However, there was no shortage of some advanced robotics. Astronomy was also extremely prevalent. There was a plethora of telescopes set up for children and grown ups to try.
The Observatory stall of the Lahore Astronomical Society set up an array of different observational instruments, instilling curiosity in children to peek through the telescope lens and witness the skies above.
Truly a lively experience, Lahore Science Mela is an ideal example of initiatives taken to reignite scientific passion in Pakistani culture. Surely if acted upon, these ideas may just become a reality in the near future.