Twinning of the City of Arts and Sciences with the Library of Alexandria

Oct 26, 2007

The Regional Secretary for Education, Concha Gómez, encourages children to “accept science, as this is how to change the future. Science is very important because it changes the world and we all have to understand the role that it has played”.
Twinning of the City of Arts and Sciences with the Library of Alexandria Concha Gómez was attending the ceremony to mark the twinning of the City of Arts and Sciences with the Library of Alexandria, an event that was included in the Unesco Young Science Day Conference. Also present was Elettra Marconi, daughter of the inventor of the wireless telegraph. At this ceremony, the ex-Director General of Unesco and manager for the rehabilitation of the Alexandria Library, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, presented the twinning ceremony that was sealed through the handshake of the general manager of the City of Arts and Sciences, Jorge Vela, and the representative from the Library of Alexandria, Yehia Halim.

The Regional secretary for Education underlined the importance of the Library of Alexandria, “which years ago was burnt down, but has now been rebuilt with a style of architecture that links the past with the future”.

This twinning allows the modernity and forward-looking City of Arts and Sciences to link up with the history and cradle of ancient civilisations, represented by the Library of Alexandria. Furthermore, both institutions will collaborate on jointly developing exhibitions, interactive modules, planetarium programmes, publications, research scholarships and competitions to support the spread of science, amongst other activities.

At the Unesco Young Science Day Conference, a series of activities, exhibitions and games have been organised at the Príncipe Felipe Museum of the City of Arts and Sciences in which more than 2,000 invited primary school children will play a leading role. .

Among the activities undertaken are aquatic shows, a simulation of a fire and rescue operation with a medical helicopter in the gardens of the Science Museum, as well as aerial exhibitions including microlight aircraft and radio-controlled planes. The children also had the opportunity to take part in a Guinness Book of Records paper airplane launch. A total of 2,103 planes were launched simultaneously.