• Half Plenary Session 2
  • Sustainability

Science Centres and Global Sustainability - What's the Plan?

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
7F Miraikan Hall

Session Concept:
In this moderated discussion, experts from various fields will focus on some global challenges of sustainability and consider how science centres can best contribute to solutions. How can we best organise the global science centre sector, our partners and our visitors to maximise collective impact? The challenges are known and well understood; some solutions are clear. So what's the plan? How do we turn ideas into action?


Joan Leach
Professor/ Director, Austalian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University
Professor Leach advocates for better science communication which critically examines the social impacts of science, technology and biomedicine. Published extensively on science communication - i2012 book Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine. She has won numerous academic awards and a Science Journalism Laureate at Purdue University (USA).


Ana María Cetto
Director, Museum of Light, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Professor Cetto’s specialty is Quantum Mechanics, Stochastic Electrodynamics and Biological Physics. Served as the Executive Committee of Pugwash Conferences (Nobel Peace Prize 1995) and Deputy Technical Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (participant of the Nobel Peace Prize 2005), currently as a World Future Council councillor.
Xuemei Bai
Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Professor Bai's research focuses on urban sustainability science and policy. She served as a Lead Author for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Lead Author for Global Energy Assessment, Science Committee of Future Earth member and Council of International Society of Industrial Ecology member.
Shahbaz Khan
Director, the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Professor Khan holds fellowship of several prestigious science and engineering bodies including Engineers Australia where he is a Fellow, Chartered Engineer and Engineering Executive. He has worked in various academic, research, consultancy and policy positions in Australia, France, Indonesia and Pakistan and is honorary adjunct professor at several universities.
Cristin Dorgelo
Incoming President and CEO, ASTC
United States
Ms. Dorgelo was formerly Chief of Staff to Barack Obama’s Science Advisor and the US Chief Technology Officer. As Chief of Staff to the President’s Science Advisor and the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, she facilitated policy development and implementation across a broad spectrum of science and technology issues.