The exhibition “Discovering the diversity of Vietnamese insects - 10 years of scientific cooperation between Vietnam and Italy” opened on May 18th at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology by the Vietnam Museum of Nature under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, the Museum of Natural History under the University of Florence (Italy) and the Italian Embassy in Vietnam.
This was an activity in response to a series of events celebrating Vietnam Science & Technology Day (May 18) and International Museum Day (May 18), and World Biodiversity Day (May 22). The exhibition takes place from May 18 to June 18, 2019.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, VAST Vice Chairman, speaks at the ceremony
Delegates cut the ribbon to open the exhibition
Attendants at the opening ceremony were Mr. Antonio Alessandro, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Nhat Quang, alternate member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, and Director of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh, VAST Vice Chairman; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Trung Minh, General Director of Vietnam Museum of Nature; Dr. Luca Bartolozzi, representative of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Florence, Italy; and Vietnamese and international scientists.
Speaking at the ceremony, VAST Vice Chairman, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Tuan Anh emphasized that with direct and indirect actions and jobs, each person should protect biodiversity and living environment for the present and future generations. The VAST Vice President also expressed his hope that Vietnam Museum of Nature will continue to cooperate with diverse units to organise similar exhibitions, to introduce to the world public about nature of Vietnam, contributing to educating and raising awareness on nature protection, animal and plant species, as well as the living environment. This is also one of the important tasks of the Vietnam Museum of Nature.
The exhibition introduces 38 photos of Italian photographer Saulo Bambi from the Museum of Natural History of University of Florence (Italy) and entomologist of Vietnam Museum of Nature, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Van Lien. The exhibition offers an interesting and new look at the richness and diversity of the insect world, the evolution and adaptation of insects to the environment, through vivid and attractive images. The visual images and knowledge of insects are explained in easy-to-understand ways; letting children observe the insects is an opportunity to elicit their passion for exploring and discovering science and the outside world.
The exhibition aims to contribute to improving the understanding of the world of insects and their habitats, encouraging protection of insect diversity in particular, animals and plants in general, in order to preserve and protect the living environment for the presence and future generations. The message that the exhibition wants to send the audience is: “Respect and live peacefully with the natural world, so that the natural world will forever accompany people!”
In addition to joining the exhibition, visitors are also acquainted with the pattern of insects and can make specimens of butterflies by themselves.
Some photos of the exhibition:
Author: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Van Lien
Author: photographer Saulo Bambi
Author: photographer Saulo Bambi
Experiencing activities at the exhibition
Translated by Tuyet Nhung
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