• Parallel Session B-3
  • Co-design
  • Panel

Connecting and Empowering Youth

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
7F Miraikan Hall

Session Concept:
Today’s young science centre visitors have every prospect of welcoming the 22nd Century. They have to become the solutions generation. The science centre sector needs to work with global youth organisations to connect young people across geographic, racial, religious, political and economic borders. Young global citizens have to co-create the future they want and the planet needs. With a focus on youth and the future, science centres are uniquely well-placed to connect and empower youth, to harness their passion and to hear their voices and capture their ideas. They are well-placed to partner with many existing youth focused organisations and to co-design programs that will make a difference, developing and sharing ideas for sustainable solutions from the youth of today. Young voices need to be heard. It is their future Earth.


Graham Durant
Director, Questacon


Carlin Hsueh
Project manager, ASTC
United States
Innovations in biotechnology will increasingly impact the lives of millions as well as the sustainable growth of the planet. Inspiring youth builds a generation that can achieve this collective endeavour.
Ayman Elsayed
Director, Planetarium Science Center, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Citizens of developing countries always consider sustainability studies as the duty of rich countries. Needed is a variety of programs to introduce the concept of sustainability, with the main focus on the young generation.
Susan Payne
WINS program Manager, Education, The Academy Natural Sciences of Drexel University
United States
Great partnerships can have transformative impacts. Together we will explore how students, museums, researchers, and governmental agents have united to increase and improve climate change education, awareness and mitigation capacity.