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“People united by wonder and science”

Muhammad HafizA festival celebrating the role of science in everyday life drew technology and entertainment to the same venue writes Muhammad Hafiz, 18, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Science and Wonders combined to unite people in the recent PETROSAINS Science Festival, organised for the first time in Malaysia by PETROSAINS. 

PETROSAINS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, and together with PETRONAS, Google, and Nova Spectra was a key partner for the Festival that ran from October 22-27, 2013. 

It was organised inside the PETROSAINS Science Centre and also at various areas throughout Suria KLCC. Both venues are located within the globally-known PETRONAS TwinTowers. 

The Festival featured various talks, workshops, demonstrations, films screening, exhibitions and shows related to Science. Presenters included representatives from local and overseas companies and universities supporting the Festival. 

Some of the key figures who were involved throughout the Festival are Dato’ Fazley Yaakub, winner of the Malaysian Edition of Celebrity MasterChef;  Malaysian Astronaut Major Dr. Faiz Khaleed;  and Dr. Graham Walker from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. The Centre is located at the well-known Australia National University. 

On the entertainment side of the festival, there were performances throughout the event by artists including IAmNeeta, Yasin Sulaiman, and Najwa Latif. 

Social media was active with comments on the week of events scheduled as part of the Festival. Tweets posted on Twitter with the event’s official hash-tag “#PetrosainsFest” spearheaded the approximately 150,000 members on Twitter across 250,000 deliveries in the festival timeframe. At the same time, the event also gained support from approximately 43,000 members on Facebook. 

Other companies that partnered in organizing this Festival are Telekom Malaysia, The Star, General Electric, Boeing, Legoland Malaysia, SIRIM, KLCC, and the Malaysian Astronauts Foundation. The Festival also earned support from universities, counting Multimedia University, University of Malaya, MARA University of Technology, and SEGi College among those lending support and assistance. 

More details and updates from the organiser can be found on the company’s official Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/petrosains/ , official Twitter channel at http://www.twitter.com/petrosains/, and on official Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/instapetrosains/ .

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About me:

“I am an ordinary Malaysian home-grown youth, shaped by experiences sparked by my various interests while continuing as a player in the game of life. I’m currently studying for a Diploma in Communication and Media at MARAUniversity of Technology in Melaka, Malaysia.”

“I love almost everything in life that the world has to offer. I am currently a volunteer with Petrosains, a subsidiary of Petronas; one of Malaysia’s Campus Ambassadors attached to Bloomberg; the Social Media Strategist for the AllArtCore photography team based in Malaysia; and a Student Representative for both the Malaysia-based EYE Project and the U.S.-based Mozilla Foundation.”

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?

To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/

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