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National Science Council announces events to celebrate Darwin’s birthday

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

As this year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory, science organizations around the world, including the National Science Council, will host a series of events through the end of the year.

At a press conference to unveil a two-week “Darwin Now” exhibition in the council’s lobby, council Minister Lee Lou-chuang (李羅權) said several events on evolutionary science were part of its science education program.

The council will host a series of speeches, workshops, competitions and exhibitions on Darwinism nationwide together with the British Council, National Taiwan University’s Department of Life Science and the National Museum of Natural Science.

The British Council Taipei (BCT) is also opening three spots for high school students to attend an international student summit hosted by the UK’s National History Museum, BCT head of education and science Lai Hsin-yuan (賴信元) said.

“The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Darwin and evolutionary science.’ We encourage high school students who are interested in the field to apply for the places, as this would be a very valuable experience,” Lai said.

The students will attend a three-day conference in London, all expenses paid, he said.

The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung will hold a Darwin exhibit from June to October, displaying his work notes and letters. The National Taiwan Museum in Taipei will host 10 lectures on Darwinism from September to December, Lee said.

Family workshops will be held at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium from July to September, he said.

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