A major science and technology festival aims to inspire the next generation of Indians to build careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), developing the tools and skills they require to drive a modern knowledge economy. STEMFest 2016 – the 3rd International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics – will take place at the University of Mysore’s Mysuru campus, October 17-20.

Some 15,000-plus visitors are expected for the education and technology exhibition, and around 2,000 delegates for the four-day symposium, including more than 200 international participants. Attendees will range from students, to investors, researchers, policy makers, academic and R&D institutions and corporate businesses. The event is run by Global Stem States, an international association, which aims to act as a forum through which industry, associations, academia and government can come together to discuss Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and innovation. Earlier editions were held at Canada and Malaysia.

Prof KS Rangappa, VC, University of Mysore and Chairman of the local organising committee, said: “It is a matter of pride for us to has won the bid to organise the 3rd International STEMFest 2016 in India, which would be the first event of its kind in this country. The objective is to bring together experts from academic institutions, industries, research organisations and professionals for sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience in the emerging trends related to advances in STEM Industry and inspire the young talent as well as anyone who is interested or works in STEM.”

Mysore University itself not only has vast event facilities, but its strength in STEM subjects is evident from its hosting of the 10,000-delegate 103rd Indian Science Congress in January. The event is also supported by Gulbarga University, Mangalore University, the National Council of Science Museums, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association, and the Department of Science & Technology.

Local speakers taking part include Prof. G. K. Ananthasuresh, Chair of the Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science; Dr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary of the Indian Government’s Department of Space; and Prof. P. Sreekumar, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.

The event’s theme is Empowering the Nation’s Future Human Resource – Aligning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education to meet the country’s innovation and developmental needs. Indian professional conference management company CIMGlobal is the official PCO for STEMFest 2016. Its Managing Director, Anitha Niranjan, said the event will meet a need locally to prevent an alarming shortage of employees with the necessary skills to meet demands in computing, engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and mathematics roles in the future.

The Symposium will range in scope from Space Science & Astronomy, to Crop Science and Food Security, Bioscience and Biotechnology, Climate Science and Global Warming, Renewable Energy Science and Technology, Education and innovation and Robotics Science & Systems. It will feature live workshops, a mobile planetarium, robotic competition, demonstration of drones, and a game and app developers summit.

(Via AMI and CIMGlobal)