The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) is a global meeting of professionals of science centres / museums and their networks from around the world.


What is SCWS?

The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) is a global meeting of professionals of science centres/museums and their networks from around the world, convened once every three years.
The first Summit met in Belgium, as a representative of European countries, at TechnopolisR in 2014 and resulted in the Mechelen Declaration which is the action plan for the international science centre field and their partners commit to concrete actions toward the enhancement of public engagement for a better world. Following that, the second Summit will be held in Japan, representing countries in the Asia and Pacific region, at Miraikan in 2017.

Global issues have arisen that concern us all. Governments, industry, international institutions, research/education communities, all recognise the importance of public engagement in scientific and technological development. The collaborations amongst all stakeholders are crucial for humans’ welfare and prosperity.

The SCWS offers an opportunity for science centres / museums to discuss their strategies for their new roles in society. At this Summit, representatives of participating science centres / museums will have discussions with scientists and educators as well as other stakeholders in society, including policymakers, industry and citizens communities, and build varied partnerships to create new approac h to global issues followed by concrete actions.


Miraikan’s Vision to Host SCWS2017

SCWS2017 brings together all areas of society creating innovative working relationships instrumental to SCWS’s continued evolution.
SCWS2017 collaborates with all of Asia to enhance the world summit experience now and into the future.
SCWS2017 shares Miraikan’s TSUNAGARI - helping each individual discover a personal relationship with Earth, what can be done to sustain Earth, and thus sustain our species.

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Message from the chair

Message from Mamoru Mohri,
Chief Executive Director of Miraikan
(host of the SCWS2017)

Message from the chair

cKazuharu Igarashi

Message from Mamoru Mohri,
Chief Executive Director of Miraikan
(host of the SCWS2017)

 I am honoured to host the SCWS2017 as the chair.

 I flew twice in a space shuttle, and viewing our beautiful blue Earth from orbit reminded me of the Japanese word TSUNAGARI. TSUNAGARI means “connection” in general and has equivalent meanings to “linkage,” “bridge,” “network” or “relationship”. Humanity’s future, which involves issues such as climate change that is associated with humans’ own activities, and the deterioration of biodiversity, are contingent on the links (TSUNAGARI) between humans and our Planet of Life. We can also find relations (TSUNAGARI) between diverse life forms within the Earth’s ecosystem and human beings.

 Taking TSUNAGARI as a keyword, I hope everyone from around the world attending this Summit will consider what we need to do to maintain and pass on this rich environment of the earth to the future.

 The SCWS2017 aspires to build robust partnerships in the world of science centres / museums as well as with players from all areas of society, including politics, business and culture. We believe that we can establish a platform for generating long-term strategies for global issues from a new point of view by building such broad networks. At the same time, I also believe that we are able to offer a unique, new experience by holding this Summit with the support and cooperation of the entire Asian and Pacific region.

 We look forward to your participation.


Theme & Topics

Theme of SCWS2017

“ Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future ”

The key word of the theme is CONNECT

つながり (Tsu-Na-Ga-Ri)= Linkage,  Bridge, Network,  Relationship, ...

SCWS2017 CONNECTS society with S&T.
SCWS2017 will help each individual to realise a personal CONNECTION, through science, with Earth, society and the common challenges we all face.
SCWS2017 CONNECTS leaders from all aspects of human endeavor to create new approaches of collating the combined wisdoms for sustainable future.
SCWS2017 CONNECTS all regional networks into a global network for collective action towards Earth sustainability.


SCWS 2017 will be held over threedays. The focus each day will be related to the theme “Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future”- complete with plenary sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions and parallel sessions.

CEO Forum: Nov 14
The CEO Forum is a one-day event with attendance limited to current CEOs of science centres and museums. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss identified issues of shared concern in an open and frank environment, with the added stimulus of a renowned futurist as the moderator/facilitator.

Nov 15: Global Sustainability
Science centres are, and aspire to be hubs connecting all entities in society, encompassing perspectives to find creative and collective solutions to global challenges. The first day provides opportunities to discuss the contribution of science centres to “sustainability” in all its forms in terms of local, regional and global challenges. Participants will share, collaborate, and co-create unique solutions to achieve goals.

Nov16: Co-design for Transformation
Society needs to transform/evolve to address global sustainability. Science centresendeavor toencourage citizens and all society to partake in co-design to create and incorporate shared visions. The second day activates institutional discussions, involves all sectors,and harvests the collective intelligence of research organizations, businesses, the arts, education, policy makers, and citizens on how to best collaborate to achieve goals.

Nov 17:Personal Engagement with Science
Science centres need to further incorporate personal engagement to transform attitudes and behaviors to global challenges as science and technology changes at astonishing speed. The third day discusses how science centres can encourage a progressive, personal process that will enhance a centre’s mission and generate new approaches towards personal transformation.

Logo Mark

Colourful = Diversity

The multiple colours represent the diversity of our species, our cultures and our planet of our life.
The ampersand represents science museum and science centers that will lead this summit towards success.

Three Rings = TSUNAGARI

The three rings compose the earth. The two horizontal rings suggest “individual” and “society”,
with the outside, encompassing ring represents “environment”.
The ampersand represent science centres / museums, is providing relationships to all three rings.

Extension = Future

The ampersand science centres / museums connect it all with the extension going beyond the circle presents we reach out the future.

International Programme Committee

Mamoru Mohri (Chief Executive Director of Miraikan, Japan)
Previous Chair
Erik Jacquemyn (Chief Executive Officer of Technopolis®, the Flemish Science Centre, Mechelen, Belgium)
Next Chair
Silvia Singer Sochet (CEO and General Director of MIDE Museo Interactivo de Economia, Mexico)
ASPAC (Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres)
Chee-Kuen Yip (Executive Director of ASPAC, Hong Kong)
Graham Durant (Director of Questacon, Canberra, Australia)
A. S. Manekar (Director-general of NCSM, India)
Wei Shu (Director general of CSTM, China)
ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers)
Chevy Humphrey (Immediate Past Chair of ASTC, President & CEO of Arizona Science Center, Arizona, USA)
Linda Conlon (Chair of ASTC, Chief Executive of International Center for Life, UK)
Bud Rock (President and CEO of ASTC, Washington, USA)
Ecsite (European network of science centres and museums)
Rosalia Vargas (Past-Presidency of Ecsite, President of Ciencia Viva- Pavilion of knowledge, Portugal)
Robert Firmhofer (Director of Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland)
Catherine Franche (Executive Director of Ecsite, Belgium)
NAMES (North Africa and Middle East Science centers network)
Sawsan Dalaq (President of NAMES and Director of the Children’s Museum Jordan)
RedPOP (Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean)
Alejandra Leon-Castella (Treasurer of RedPOP, Executive Director of Fundacion CIENTEC, San Jose, Costa Rica)
Jorge Padilla (Chair of SOMEDICYT, the Mexican Society for Public Communication of Science and Technology, Mexico)
SAASTEC (Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centers)
Mondli Mnguni (Chairperson of SAASTEC)
LIM Tit Meng (President of ASPAC and Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, Singapore)
Walter Staveloz (Director International Relations of ASTC, Washington, USA)

About Venue

What is Miraikan?

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is a government owned national museum in Tokyo, Japan. Miraikan is where people can understand the things happening in our world today from a scientific point of view, and have discussions while considering the future that awaits us.

In addition to permanent and special exhibitions that provide people with a chance to experience science and technology, Miraikan offers science workshops and demonstrations performed by Science Communicators (SCs). SCs engage in dialogue with visitors and conduct all kinds of events involving various stakeholders especially scientific researchers. Miraikan inspires interest in relevant progress, from daily life to the latest technologies, community based advancement, global environment solutions, and space exploration development.

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Chief Executive Director:
Mamoru Mohri, Ph. D.
Operated by:
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
2-3-6, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Opened on:
July, 2001