Nuclear physicist Farzam Arbab will be the guest speaker at a talk on science, religion and development Thursday in Phnom Penh. Educators, policy makers, NGO representatives and religious leaders are expected to attend the conference, which begins at 11 am at the Sunway Hotel.
Arbab went to Colombia as part of the University Development Program of the Rockefeller Foundation to strengthen the Universidad del Valle’s Department of Physics. He will discuss how a science education organization in Colombia used spiritual principles in rural development.
He studied the relationship between science, technology and education policy and their effects on development. This led him to take part in creation of the Foundation for the Application and Teaching of Science, which launched a development program in Colombia.
His talk will be in English with simultaneous translation in Khmer. It is organized by the Cambodian Organization for Research, Development and Education. The speech is free.