The Biodiversity Special Science Express
The Ministry of Environment and Forests in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology supported the creation of ‘Science Express –Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’ that will cover over 100 stations in two years.
SEBS was flagged off on 5 June 2012 from Delhi. The first phase culminated in Gandhinagar on 22 December 2012 after covering 18000 Kms at 57 locations and reaching out to 24 lakh visitors. The second phase began in April and will cover 19000 Kms, 62 railway stations, mostly which were not visited earlier with a stop of 2-4 days at each location.
The train consists of sixteen coaches, of which eight showcase biodiversity across different bio geographic zones in India. Three coaches have exhibits on Climate change, Energy and Water conservation. One coach houses Joy of Science Laboratory and another coach houses a conference room cum training facility.
The exhibition features over 300 large format visual images, 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits. Various complementary activities are conducted on the train as an integral part of the exhibition.
The colourful photo essay here tries to capture a glimpse of the visits to various platforms.
For more information contact:
Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre
Opp. Gujarat University, Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad 380 009, Gujarat
Ph: 079-26302914; Fax: 079-26306497
Detailed schedule of the current phase can be accessed at
The eight coaches hosting exhibition on Biodiversity, highlights the biodiversity found in different bio-geographical regions of India and various facets of marine, coastal, forest, microbial, agro biodiversity and its significance. It also highlights biodiversity and its linkages with livelihoods besides challenges for conservation. The 3-D exhibits caught attention of young and old alike. Many children during interaction said, they were seeing a particular species for the first time that they did not know India is so wide and diverse and there are beautiful animals in the wild besides the Tiger and the Lions.
Local partners organized various activities on platform that helped relate to the local/regional knowledge. For example in Mumbai, local partner BNHS conducted an exhibition on the environmental concerns of Mumbai.
Volunteers from schools and colleges also helped at several locations. This not only helped in engaging the visitors in meaningful activities but also took the volunteer educators to a learning level where they also felt more responsible.
The Pledge for Life Campaign highlights personal actions and commitments to preserve biodiversity. Nearly 1.7 million pledges were taken in 12 different languages from across the places the train visited in the 2012-13 phase.
Photograph Courtesy: Savita Bharti, CEE, http://www.sciencexpress.in/ScienceExpress and Science Express Photographer