• Parallel Session B-1
  • Sustainability
  • Panel

Can Eco and Edutourism help Science Centres Become More Sustainable?

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
7F Saturn

Session Concept:
Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world economy (10 % GDP) and represents one of the main income sources for many developing countries. The UN has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development to help develop this vital economic sector under the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This session will explore opportunities and experiences from science centre/museum and aquarium professionals with leading experts from ecotourism and edutourism, reflecting five key points of the UN’s SDGs. (1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth. (2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction. (3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change. (4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage. (5) Mutual understanding, peace and security. This is a unique opportunity to learn how our field can become leaders and partners along with key stakeholders in our communities to make centres catalysts for positive change through sustainable eco and edutourism.


Roy Campbell
Head of Exhibits and Digital Media, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
United States


Fred Nucifora
Director, ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the Australian Government’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Our mission is to inspire all to protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef.
Lee H Skolnick
Founder and Design Principal, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
United States
Mr. Skolnick heads up an interdisciplinary design firm that has created award-winning public projects internationally. He is a sought after speaker, author and teacher, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester Graduate Program in Museum Studies.
Masaru Takayama
Founder and Chair, Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)
Masaru is on the multi-stakeholder advisory committee on 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme run by UNWTO and is the authorized Global Sustainable Tourism Council's trainer: