At the Fifth Science Centre World Congress, science centres signed a declaration saying "A new era of global cooperation respecting local cultures is needed if we are to successfully live on a planet with diminishing resources and significant environmental challenges." Recently, the world has seen an increase in nationalism, a movement towards authoritarian political leadership, the politics of fear and division, a rejection of science, growing wealth disparities and threats to the free movement of people among and between nations. All have negative implications and potentially lead to increased isolationism and challenges to global collaboration. Can science centres contribute to dialogue on these issues as trusted places in our communities? Are we as leaders ready for such a role? After a brief introduction, participants will discuss the topic at hosted roundtables with a brief report back at the end of the session.