World Science Day 2021- Theme and Significance

World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed on November 10, every year to highlight importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

Key Points

  • The day highlights the role of science in society and the need to engage public in debates & discussion on important scientific issues.
  • It is observed with the aim of ensuring that citizens are kept informed of developments in science.
  • It notes the role played by scientists in broadening our understanding of remarkable, fragile planet and in making our societies more sustainable.
  • Primary objective of the day is to bring science closer to society by highlighting its key aspects.

Theme of the Day

The World Science Day 2021 was observed with the theme- ‘Building Climate-Ready Communities’.

History of the Day

UNESCO had proclaimed this day in 2001. Following this, the first World Science Day for Peace & Development was observed across the world on November 10, 2002, under UNESCO. Establishment of this day was the positive outcome of 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. This has generated many concrete projects, programs, and funding for science worldwide.

National Science Day

On the line of World Science Day, India observes National Science Day every year on February 28. It commemorates the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. For Raman Effect, he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. The first National science day was celebrated in 1987. In 2021, the day was observed under the theme: ‘Future of STI (Science, Technology and Innovations)- Impacts on Education, Skills and Work’.


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