The 2nd. Popularization of Science Festival in Student Theses and Dissertations was held on Wednesday, 1st. May 2019 at the Faculty of Psychology & Education, Tehran University. At this ceremony selected theses and dissertations were honored.

Dr. Vahid Ahmadi, Advisor to the Minister of Science and NRISP President; Dr. Simayee Saraf, Vice Minister of Science for Law and Parliamentary Affairs; Dr. Akram Ghadimi, NRISP Deputy of Research and Technology and Head of the Iranian Association for Popularization of Science, Dr. Elaheh Hejazi, President of the Faculty of Psychology and Education- Tehran University, and a number of faculty members of National Research Institute for Science Policy (NRISP) were present at this Festival and gave lectures.

At the beginning, Dr. Hejazi, President of the Faculty of Psychology and Education-Tehran University said: "We ask graduate students to present an abstract in the field of popularization of science, in addition to the main abstract”.

Stating that the Festival is the initiative of National Research Institute for Science Policy (NRISP) and the Association for Popularization of Science, Dr. Hejazi said; when we talk about the popularization of science, we want to reduce the gap between science and society as a whole. Holding Festival is also a useful activity in this regard and is aimed at transferring science and awareness to the public.

Emphasizing on the importance of theses place in the country and referring why to address the subject of theses, Dr. Vahid Ahmadi, Advisor to the Minister of Science and NRISP President said; popularization of science in student theses and dissertations is the removal of a part of the science wall that has been drawn between academia and the community. If we as a university member or member of the intellectual community want to connect with the community at large, part of this effort is to address the issue of student theses and dissertations and the popularization of science through them.

While criticizing the instrumental point of view for action and emphasizing on solving problems by means of it, Dr. Sheikhrezaee, NRISP Faculty member said; The mastery of basic science and engineering sciences in the country and a tool-based view of science have led to lower levels of general knowledge in the humanities and the arts.

Emphasizing on the reasons why the academic community and the public need to interact, Sheikhrezaee said; university engagement with the community raises the level of education of the general public. This is while the university needs to attract good human resources in each field or, in other words, "marketing “for itself.

 Then the selected participants presented their dissertations at the Festival and were honored.

Behrouz Sahebzadeh (Islamic Azad University, Zahedan Branch, Department of Geology) ranked first, Hamed Mahdikia (Shahid Beheshti University, Laser and Plasma Research Institute) ranked second, Seyedeh Sadaneh Tabatabayinia (Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Department of Biology) and Elnaz Hosseini (Tehran University, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Center, Faculty of Biophysics) jointly ranked third by the selection of public and popular vote.

Also, in the arbitration and specialized sections, Seyedeh Sadaneh Tabatabainia, Hamed Mahdikia and Vahid Goudarzi (Zanjan University) were honored as the selected members.

Emphasizing on the Quran as a witness to the popularization of science in religious texts, Dr. Hossein Simaye Sarraf, Vice Minister of Science for Law and Parliamentary Affairs said: the obvious example of the publication of science could be found in the verse, " Zakat of science is to publish it ", it means; a philosopher should explain his knowledge in a simple language, so that people use his work.

Dr. Hossein Simaye Sarraf considered one of the problems of the country as a lack of communication with the university and said: unlike the seminary that has filled this gap with the pulpit and used it as an institution for communicating with the scholars of society and the public, this vacuum is not filled in between university and society. Therefore, a philosopher should simplify his language so that people can use it as well, as Western philosophical books are now in plain language.