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 Technopolis® 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. In carrying on the Mechelen Declaration, the second Summit was held in Japan, representing countries in the Asia and Pacific region, at Miraikan in 2017.
Global issues have arisen that concern us all. Collaboration amongst all stakeholders is crucial for humans’ welfare and prosperity.
The SCWS2017 offered 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 had discussions with scientists and educators as well as other stakeholders in society, including policymakers, international institution, industry and citizens communities, and build varied partnerships to create new approaches to global issues followed by concrete actions.
“ Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future ”
Message from Mamoru Mohri,
Chief Executive Director of Miraikan
(host of the SCWS2017)
The Honour Committee is a patronage group consisting of world representatives from a wide variety of expertise who will contribute to the success of the SCWS 2017.
The members of the Honour Committee will suggest or approach personalities that will help build new partnerships, connect key players and the science centre field, or disseminate the Summit’s message to the world.
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.