Iranian Association for Popularization of Science

Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS)

Introduction

The first spark of the formation of serious thought on Popularization of Science in Iran was lit in 1999 in a meeting on the topic of “Studying the Approaches to Expand Sciences in Iran” in which, the idea of establishing of Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS)  was Propounded. That was the first official act in Iran to make the science for all or Popularization of science.

◈ The Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS) is a non-Profit entity that started its work on May 5, 2001 by aiming for undertaking activities in the scientific, education and research areas. The structure of the association includes the general assembly, board of directors and an inspector who are elected by the members of annual general meeting once per three years. According to the article of association, the Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS) is allowed to form specialized groups such as education, publication, statistics, information, admission and public relations; and carry out activities such as giving awards, holding meetings and undertaking or offering research plans and projects.

◈Objectives of the Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS):

✓ Popularization of science among all people

✓Propagation of scientific thought to create a suitable ground for making science for all in the society

✓Coordination among science improvement entities and institutes

✓To teach science propagators

✓To institutionalize  Popularization of science

Committees:

1. Education Committee

2.Public Relations Committee

3.Publication Committee

4.Media and Science Promotion Committee

Members of board of directors of the Iranian Association for Popularization of Science (IAPS):

Ms. Dr. Akram Ghadimi (President of the Association)

Mr.  Dr. Mansour Vesali (vice-president of the Association)

Mr. Dr. Hassan Namak Doust (Treasurer of the Association)

Mr. Dr. Hossein Sheikh Rezaei (chairman of the Association)

Ms. Dr. Taraneh Oghlidos (member of board of directors of the Association)

Ms. Monireh Homayouni (principal inspector of the Association)

Ms. Azita Seyed Fadaei (Alternate inspector of the Association)

Mr. Dr. Mehdi Zare (Alternate member of the Association)

Mr. Dr. Gholamreza Zaker Salehi (alternative member of the Association)

Types of Membership

1.Standing members:  Founders of the Association and all individuals holding minimum Master’s Degree and records Popularization of Science.

2.Affiliated Members:  Individuals holding Bachelor’s degree and interested in Popularization of  science are admitted as affiliated members.

3.Student members: All university students who are interested in Popularization of science.

4.Honorary Members: All individuals who are selected as honorary member by the board of directors of the association for their significant services in Popularization of science.

5.Legal Members:  Any legal institutes that are interested in the cooperation of science promotion are admitted as legal members by approval of the board of directors.

◈The most important activities of the Iranian Association for Popularization of Scence (IAPS) include:

1.Organization of scientific awards under the topic of the Popularization of science award of the Iranian Association for Popularization of Science.

2.Introduction of propagators and superior teachers of science in deprived areas of the country

3.Holding seminars, lectures and educational workshops in line with promotion and propagation of scientific thought in different audiences

4.Translation and publication of books in the area of Popularization of  science

5.Systematic efforts for developing charter of science in Iran

6.Annual conference Popularization of science week ceremonies in the Islamic Republic of Iran (coincident with the world science day for peace and development).

◈Winners of Popularization of Science Award of Iran

Essentially, the Popularization of science award has encouragement essence and is some type of valuing improvement activities with more weight in the spiritual and intellectual aspects of it. The Popularization of science award is older than the Association itself and in fact, that award was one of the effective factors in the formation of Iranian Association for Popularization of science.

First course (1998), Hafez Hall, Kish University

The sculpture and award: Dr. Mohammad Farhad Rahimi, Mr. Seyed Hossein Hayyan

Award: Mr. Parviz Shahriari, Mr. Abdolhossein Mosahafi

Appreciation: Danesh Pajouhan Club, Fatemi Publication

Second course (1999), Hafez Hall, Kish University

The sculpture  and award: Bonyard Zirakzadeh, Ms. Sedigheh Saberdel

Award: Mr. Mohammad Reza Hariri, Mr. Eng. Ahmad Mansouri

Appreciation: Afshar Museum and Mr. Mohammad Ali Javadi, Mr. Abdolkarim Babareza

Third course (2000), Hafez Hall, Kish University

The sculpture  and award:  Council of Children Book and Lexicon of Children and Youth, Women’s Association of Environment Protection

Award: Mr. Sepehr Ardakani, Mr. Farid Kardan, Mr. Seyed Morteza Khalkhali, Museum of Post and Telecommuncaiton

4th Course (2001), Faculty of Physics, Sharif University of Technology

The sculpture and award:  World Children Research Institute

Award: Mr. Eng. Mohammadreza Yazdan Panah Fadaei

Appreciation: Mr. Dr. Jafarian, Ms. Omolbanin Bani Harouni

5th Course (2002), Municipality Hall of Esfahan

The sculpture and award:  Mathematics House of Esfahan

Award: Mr. Dr. Hossein Mirshamsi

Appreciation: Mr. Esfandiar Motamedi, Iranian Mathematics society, Pectos Company, Journal of science and People, Journal of Astronomy

6th Course (2003), The Conference Hall of Cultural Works and heritages

The sculpture and award:  Ms. Soheila Farokhi

Award:  Mr. Dr. Mahmoud Behzad, Mr. MirzaJalili, Mr. Mohammad Hassan Khoshnevis Mr.Ahmad Khajeh Nassir Toosi, Mr. Ali Raoof, Mr. Dr. Siavash Shahshahani

Appreciation: Institute of Today Mothers

7th Course (2004), The Conference Hall of Cultural Works and heritages

The sculpture and award:  Mr. Dr.  Karamzadeh

Award:  Ms. Dr. Ozra Khatibipour, Ms. Ameneh Javid, Ms. Fatemeh Jahandar, Dr. Abolghasem Ghalam Siah, Dr. Abbas Horri, Mr. Abdolhossein Azarang, Mr. Asghar Kabiri, Mr. Omid Shiva, Mr. Hamidreza Mansourian, Mr. Ali Roustaianfard and Iranian Technical Publishers Company

Appreciation: Institute of Today Mothers

8th Course (2005), The Conference Hall of Cultural Works and heritages

The sculpture and award:  Mr. Eng. Jafar Alizadeh

Award:  Mr. Mehdi Mohaghegh

Appreciation: Mr. Hossein Daneshfar

◈9th Course (2006), the Conference Hall of Technology Park of Tehran University

The sculpture and award:  Mr. Gholamhossein Rastgar Nasab

Award Mr. Asghar Norouzian

Appreciation: Mr. Mohammadreza Sayad, Dr. Ahmad Ghahraman and Dr. Ali Akbar Mousavi Movahedi

Special award to the teachers in deprived areas (first course), Mr. Hosseinali Zamani, Mr. Abdolhakim Safarzaei and Mr. Asghar Tahoun

10th Course (2007), The Conference Hall of Technology Park of Tehran University

The sculpture and award:  Children Cultural Development Center

Special Award: Mr. Reza Rouhani

Award:  Mahbang Astronomical Society, Mr. Hassan Salari, Dr. Mehdi Labibi and Mr. Siavash Saffarianpour

Special award to the teachers in deprived areas, Ms. Mitra Alikhani, Mr. Sohrab  Hatami, Mr. Bahman Beyglo and Mr. Ali Edalatkhah

11th Course (2009), Ebnesina Cultural House

The sculpture and award:  Bandar Anzali Mathematics House

Special Award: Mr. Mohammad Bahman Beygi, Mr. Ahmad Khajeh Nassireddin

Award: Ms. Mehri Sarlak,  Najm Shomal Scientific Association

12th Course (2010), Ebnesina Conference Hall

The sculpture and award:  Fanamouz Company

Special Award: Mr. Dr. Sharif Lotfi

Special award to the teachers in deprived areas: Mr. Ali Samieian, Mr. Sirvan Mardokhi

Ward of Science Promotion Entity (first course): Neyshabour Mathematics House

13th Course (2012), Milad Tower

The sculpture and award:  Mr. Dr. Mehdi Behzad

Special Award: Children and Young Adults Library Club and Rangin Kaman Sepid EducationalInstitute

Research award by topic of Popularization of science promotion: Mr. Mohammad Vahidi

Special Award of Media and Popularization of Science (first course):   Mr. Dr. Esmaeil Mirfakhraei and Mr. Farajollah Saba

“Bahman Beygi” Special award to the teachers in deprived areas:  (From 2012, the name of award to the teachers in deprived areas was changed into “Bahman Beygi Award”): Hamzeh Razmjou, Nozar Fereidouni, Reza MalAhmadi, and Karim Kazemi

Workshops:

of  Study the Concept of Students Research by Ms. Nasrindokht Emad Khorasani, November 4, 2002

“The workshop of ‘How should we Research?” Lecturers: Mr. Dr. Mansour Vesali, Mr. Seyed Mohammad Kahafi and Mr. Alireza Bassiri, July 5-8, 2003

The educational workshop of “Scientific Journalism” by Dr. Hassan Namak Doust, Winter 2011

The educational workshop of “Descriptive Evaluation for Teachers of Junior high Schools in District 2 Shahr Rey” By Ms. Eng. Rastgar, Dc. 27, 2010

The scientific workshop of “Introduction to the History and Structure of Sundial” by Dr. Mohammad Bagheri, March 6, 2011

*Workshop “Popularization of Scientific, the Historical Experience and Linking to the Today Experiences” Lecturers: Dr. Mehdi Zare, Dr. Iraj Nik Seresht, Ms. Roya Ekhlaspour,  Mr. Esmaeil Mirfakhraei. 18, 2012

Counter of Science Promotion alongside the workshop of “Popularization of Science, the historical Experience and Linking to the Today Experiences” Jan. 18, 2012

“Educational workshop of ‘Retrieval of UN Information and Documents’” by Ms. Nazanin Ghaem Maghami Nov. 14, 2012 (Book Award Day)

*Workshop of Science in Media* June 27, 2013, attended by Dr. Reza Mansouri, Dr. Hossein Masoumi Hamedani, Dr. Mansour Vesali, Dr. Hossein Sheikh Rezaei, Dr. Amir Ehsan Karbasizadeh, Mr. Yaser Khoshnevis, Mr. Meysam Mirtaheri, Mr. Mansour Mirtaheri, Mr. Dr. Hassan Namak Doust, Mr. Siavash Saffarianpour, Mr.Mehdi Saremifar.

◈Conferences

*Conference of “Darulfunoun, the Scientific-Cultural Heritage of Iran” June 2003

*Conference, “Zohreh Passage” June 2004

*Conference of Science and Television, for the commemoration of World Science Day for Peace and Development, Jan, 7, 2012

Lecturers: Mr. Dr. Arsalan Ghorbani Sheikhneshin, Mr. Dr. Davar Mohammadi Baghaei, Mr. Dr. Kajouri, Mr. Dr. Zare

*Specialized Meeting of  “Diplomacy of Science for of Peace and Development” Nov. 11, 2012 (Day of Science  History)

*Specialized Conference of “History of Science” Malek Museum, Nov. 11, 2012 (Day of Science History)

*Conference of “Scientific Centers and Popularization of Science” Nov. 12, 2012 (Day of Media and Science Promotion)

*Conference of a Group of Scientific Journalists at Jaamejam Newspaper and holding “Committee of Media and Popularization of Science” of Iranian Association for Popularization of Science.

◈ Seminars:

*The series of seminars of “Science Discourses” by Dr. Mansour Vesali, 2011,Council of Iranian Scientific Associations.

*The Seminar of Science and All Public”  attended by Dr. Hossein Masoumi Hamedani, Dr. Hossein Sheikh Rezaei, Hossein Foroutan, Dr. Amir Ehsan Karbasizadeh, Dr. Shapour Etemad, March 2, 2012, Association of Scientific Clubs Council of Iranian Scientific Associations.

*Physics Night with the cooperation of Fanamouz Park (Scientific and Technology Center) by Mr. Esfandiar Motamedi, Jan. 18, 2012, Fanamouz Park

“Science Night” Milad Tower, Tehran, Nov. 15, 2012

◈ Scientific lectures:

*Ms. Nasrindokht Emad Khorasani, “Student and Research” A Review on High School Students’ Researches in Schools, Nov. 4, 2003

*Mr. Dr. Mansour Vesali, “Nature of Science in Science Teaching” Feb. 16, 2004

*Mr. Dr. Shapour Etemad, “Science in Iran and World” March 2, 2004

*Mr. Dr. Mehdi Behzad, “The Tale of the King and the Mathematician” Oct. 28, 2009

*Ms. Dr. Aminifar, “Role of TeachingMathematics in Science Promotion” Oct. 28, 2009

*Mr. Dr. Mehdi Zare, “Scientific Communications, Media and Making Science for all” Dec. 30, 2009

*Ms. Eng. Tahereh Rastgar. “Modern Approaches in Education” Feb. 2, 2010

*Ms. Eng. Tahereh Rastgar, “Objective Duties in Teaching Chemistry Teachers, Feb. 16, 2010

*Mr. Dr. MansourVesali, “Physics at Home” Oct. 27, 2010

*Ms. Dr. Taraneh Oghlidos, Reading the Manifest of the Association in the commemoration of the late Prof. Parviz Shahriari, May 23, 2012

*Mr. Seyed Kazem Hafezian Razavi, “In the Era of Virtual Libraries, why one should Donate Books to the Libraries?” Nov. 15, 2012 (Day of Books Donation)

*Mr. Dr. Daryoush Farhoud, “Ethics in Science” Nov. 15, 2012

*Ms. Dr. Akram Ghadimi, “Popularization of Science in the Society and Role of Public Libraries”   May 4, 2013

*Ms. Dr. Taraneh Oghlidos, Reading the Manifest of the Association in the Commemoration of the Late Dr. Abbas Horri, May 7, 2013

*Ms. Dr. Akram Ghadimi, “Necessity of Popularization of Science in IranAug. 29, 2013

◈Participation in exhibitions and fairs:

*Participation in the Exhibition of Research Week, Dec. 28-29, 2010

*Participation in the Book Fair, May 4-14, 2011

*Holding the Science for People Exhibition, Nov. 15, 2012 (Day of Popularization of Science)

◈Commemorations and Manifestations of Science Promotion Association of Iran in different occasions:

*Anniversary of Global Day of Science, Nov. 9, 2010

Lecturer: Mr. Dr. Mansour Vesali

*Commemoration of Hakim Omar Khayyam and the Global Day of Mathematics May 19, 2010

Lecturer: Mr. Dr. Ebadollah Mahmoudian

*Anniversary of Popularization of Science Week, Nov,  10-16, 2012

*Manifest of Iranian Association for Popularization of Science in honor of Professor Parviz Shahriar (Mathematics professor)

*Statement of  Iranian Association for Popularization of Science in the commemoration of Professor Mohammad Hassan Ganji (Founder of modern geography and meteorology in Iran)

Statement of Iranian Association for Popularization of Science in the commemoration of Professor Abbas Horri.

Statement of Iranian Association for Popularization of Science in the commemoration of Professor Abbas Horri Manoucheher Vesaal.

◈Books and translation

1.How to do the research?

Author: Jennies van Kelio

Translated by Hadi Horri

2.The Dream of a Final Theory

Author: Steven Vineberg (winner of Noble Prize in Physics)

Translated by Cyrus Farmanfarmaian

3.The Geniuses Speak

Translated by Cyrus Farmanfarmaian

4.From Quantum to Cosmos (Tools to discover the universe)

Authors: Leon Lederman/ David Sheram

Translated by Cyrus Farmanfarmaian

5.My tiny Little Garden

 Author:  Phyllis Alonic

Translator: Hadi Horri

6. Three volumes of “How to perform research?”

I.How to hold scientific festivals? How to learn research? (Vol. 1)

Guideline for teenagers

Along with instructions to hold exhibitions in high school

Translated by Reza Rouhani

II.How to do research? How to learn researching?

Guideline for teenagers

Along with instructions to hold exhibitions in high school

Translated by Reza Rouhani

III.The scientific solution of how to learn to research?

Guideline for teenagers

Along with instructions to hold exhibitions in high school

Translated by Reza Rouhani

7-A Review on the Application of Nuclear Technology

Author: Dr. Reza Khazaneh

8-Geology and Ecology

9-Earth-Space Sciences

10-Earth and Climate Sciences

11-Electricity and magnetic Physics Sciences

12-Physics science of matter, energy and simple machines

13-Physic of optic and sound

14-Biology of plants and animals

15-Biology of plants and animals, human body

16-Biology of human body, health and nutrition

◈New activities of the society

*Holding Popularization of Science Week in November

*Holding World Science Day for Peace and Development,(Nov. 10)

*Establishment of Science Garden in Milad Tower in Tree Planting Day

*Journal of the Popularization of Science.

*News Paper of the Association