The session, initiated by the Asia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC) as the host region of SCWS2017, will highlight the evolving role of science centers in Asia Pacific in balancing the scale of economic development and sustainability. Asia Pacific holds the fastest-growing economy in the world and it can learn from the lessons in history and in science. An ecologically sustainable and healthy economy would require the critical participation of citizens who in turn are the main audience of science centers and science museums. How can science centers concretely push the agenda for sustainability to be the guardian and guide of economic development? In the Panel Discussion, panelists from ASPAC will present their current situations and challenges, and confer with global panelists of different backgrounds to identify the evolving role of science centers in pushing the critical agenda of sustainability in economic development.
1. ASPAC Video Introduction: ‘This is ASPAC” – an animated tapestry of the work that ASPAC institutions are doing across the region to push us towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
2. Opening Remarks
3. Panel Discussion (Aiko Doden, Chi-ming Shun, Shahbaz Khan, Duckhwan Lee, Julia Tagüeña)
4. ASPAC Overview and Closing Remarks (Tit Meng Lim, President of ASPAC)