• Parallel Session A-7
  • Panorama

Unique Perspectives on Quality and Inclusive Science Education for All

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
7F Saturn

Session Concept:
Globally there have been continuing advances toward the Sustainable Development Goals of universal primary education. Yet for children in poverty and in areas facing crises, disparity remains and there is now an alarming trend toward more children out of school. For science centres, our touch points go well beyond educating the world’s children and youth to strategies that suggest a broader engagement of STEM professionals, policy makers, adult populations and ultimately affordable access to higher education and vocational training. Science centres are demonstrating unique and varied responses to meet local challenges, communicate research and support the scientific literacy necessary for global sustainability. How can science centres link their efforts as safe platforms for controversial dialogue, models for the development of STEM educators, and visionaries for relevant science communication to support this critical global goal? Speakers in this session will offer strategies, case studies and provocative thoughts toward addressing this goal.


Carol Valenta
Former Chief Scientific Officer, Saint Louis Science Center
United States


Miha Kos
CEO, Ustanova Hiša Eksperimentov (the House of Experiments)
Let's tackle the issue of the real role of Science Centres in this changing world. Supporting scientific thinking for any science field, we trigger people's curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and active engagement.
Paloma Salgado-Tonda
Exhibit Development Director, Interactive Museum of Economy, MIDE
Sustainability, Climate Change, never before have those terms been so relevant. As spaces for significant experiences, science centres can become safe platforms for audiences to have collaborative dialogues about controversial topics.
Puleng Tsie
Manager: Sci-Enza, University of Pretoria
South Africa
Sci-Enza’s strategic link to the University of Pretoria provides a unique platform for research communication, researchers and society engagement with a variety of audiences for sustainable development.
Charlie Trautmann
Director Emeritus, Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York
United States
New research shows that we learn as much as 50% of what we know as adults by the age of three. This presentation considers how we can advance education SDGs by focusing on ages 0-5.
John Falk
Director, Institute for Learning Innovation
United States
Science centres claim to be interested in increasing the number of STEM professionals but few efforts specifically focus on this goal. Research highlighting examples will share what such programmes look like.
Kiyoshi Furusawa
Assistant Professor/Science Communicator, Hokkaido University CoSTEP
What do we do science communication for? What is the role of science communicators inside science centres and the outside? Let's share ideas and experiences for sustainable science communication for the future.