Complex expected to bring science to the public and support scientific talent.
Construction began on July 20 of the Space of Science Complex in Quy Hoa, south-central Binh Dinh province. The complex is being built near the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE), on an area of 12,659 sq m and with total investment of VND171.1 billion ($8 million). The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and includes three main components: a planetarium, a science museum, and an astronomical observatory.
The complex is combined with ICISE in its design, creating a focal point in the area and forming a delicately curved line in the green-colored master plan of the Quy Hoa Scientific and Educational Park.
The planetarium includes observation rooms, projectors, a technical control room, a sound system and computers. The science museum will exhibit physics, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, and environmental science experiments. The observatory has ten telescopes for viewing into outer space.
Mr. Ho Quoc Dung, Chairman of the Binh Dinh Provincial People’s Committee, said that this is the first Space of Science Complex in Vietnam and aims to promote science among the population, especially young people.
In July and August, International Scientific Conferences will be held at ICISE. There will be over 400 scientists attending the five international conferences and four physics classes. Famous Nobel Prize winners such as Dr. Jerome Friedman (the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990) and Dr. George Smoot (the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006) will also be in attendance, as will Dr. Luu Le Hang, who received the Shaw and Kavli Prize in the field of astronomy in 2012.