UNDER the theme of “Facing the harsh realities of climate change”, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum will, for the second year in a row, play host to the prestigious National Science Week, which runs from July 29 to August 3. “National Science Week is an initiative under the Department of Science and Technology and is a celebration of science that happens throughout the country. It involves academics and scientists,” said Viranna Frank, who works for the public relations and marketing side of the museum.Frank said that the museum has put together a wide range of activities that include in-house programmes and outreach initiatives involving pupils, businesses, members of the public, shopping centres, and libraries. Various exhibitions will be held at destinations including the Liberty Midlands Mall, the Eastwood and Bessie Head libraries, as well as the KZN Museum itself. “The museum’s display will focus on teaching sustainability and the practical uses of science.“This is a very exciting venture for us to be part of once again and to have this opportunity is an honour, given that in order to qualify we had to go through a rigorous process, involving lots of paperwork as well as a bid and activity proposal, to qualify to host this science week,” said chief education officer at the museum Marsha Kalika, who added that the museum was then granted an amount close to R150 000 by the Department of Science and Technology in order to facilitate the event. Kalika said that among the public there was a misconception that science is always very complicated and that many people did not realise that there are many practical uses for science. Museum visitors during National Science Week can look forward to receiving a small Portulacaria Afra plant, which absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, and Kalika said that there would be various demonstrations centred around recycling, electricity and water filtration. Kalika said that the Science Week is important in that this year they are focusing on climate change, which affects everyone.