26 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Erik Jacquemyn of Belgium for being awarded with the UNESCO Kalinga prize for popularisation of science for the year 2017.
Jacquemyn is a leading international expert in science communication. He is also a specialist in development and management of science centres and interactive museums worldwide. He is appreciated worldwide for his extraordinary creativity and his deep sense of dedication to science and technology museums, said Naveen.
"In 1951, Biju Patnaik, at the age of 34 exhibited exemplary leadership by instituting Kalinga Prize for popularisation of science globally. We need to follow his footprints in spreading the wings of scientific temper far and wide, so that common man gets the benefits of science and technological advancements," he added.
So far, 60 great scientists and science communicators from 25 countries have been adorned with this coveted award including Jacquemyn. "He is indeed a role model for others. I congratulate him and thank Kalinga Foundation Trust and UNESCO for their noble endeavours," Naveen added.
Among others, Minister for Science and Technology, Ashok Panda, Chairman of Kalinga Foundation Trust, Bhabani Patnaik, Director NISER and Kalinga Foundation Trustee Prafulla Samal spoke on the occasion.