Byline: Md. Arif Hossain
On April 22, people of Bangladesh took to the street to show their support for science.
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1. Key Activities at SAU: Rally, Seminar and Open Discussion at SAU participated by about 300 people. The rally titled: ‘Science Unites, Time to React’; Seminar titled: ‘Prospect of Agricultural Biotechnology for Sustainable Food Security in Bangladesh’. Renowned sectoral experts and students participated in the seminar including national level media representatives. In open discussion session youths and students asked questions to the scientists about agri-biotech, GMO, agricultural science and general science issues. All the activities including rally, seminar keynote presentation, speech and discussion have been broadcasted live in the event Facebook page. Journalists and other people attended the seminar virtually who failed to participate in person at the venue. Scientists and participants requested for a continuation of this effort and request AFS to create more opportunities for knowledge sharing, learning and engagement for evidence based science learning and information dissemination.
2. Key Activities at BAU & JU: Rally, group discussion and quiz competition at BAU participate by about 50 people. The rally titled: ‘Science Unites, Time to React’; a good number of participants of the BAU shared stories, photos, a short video production in the event page. The also shared the rally video in social media to engagement people virtually. The organisers of JU made relatively small rally and group discussion and one-one conversation.
All credit goes to the organisers, supporters and campaigners of the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), Bangladesh Agricultural University(BAU) and Jahangirnagar University (JU). We are grateful to the campaign partners: SAU, BAU, JU, SAUPS, Shekribi Bondhushova, Youth Engagement partner the Daily Star, Media partner Bigganchinta (Prothom-alo), Shout (Daily Star), 71 TV and Event partner Candyfloss for this brilliant, innovative and successful movement in Bangladesh. On behalf of the campaigners and supporters of the March for Science-Bangladesh team I would like to thank the FTFBP, AFS, Sathguru Team and March for Science global campaigners for continuous support and inspiration for our movement in Bangladesh.
I believe each and every supporters and campaigners have their own stories in regard to the campaign.