• Parallel Session B-2
  • Sustainability
  • Panel

Sustainable Energy Futures: Science Centres/Museums Glocally Approaching a Multifaceted Key Challenge

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
7F Mercury

Session Concept:
Energy plays a key role in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (Sustainable Development Goal 7: “Affordable and Clean Energy”). It is linked to almost all other goals whilst connecting a global context with local/regional activities and individual responsibility. Hardly any other topic is more suitable to explore the role of our institutions to address such a complex and multi-faceted challenge. Science centres and museums have already taken the first fundamental steps towards sustainable energy futures, whether by serving as platforms for controversial debates with all stakeholders, acting as role models by running energy-efficient buildings, or engaging visitors in concrete activities using modern participatory programs and exhibitions. Starting with examples from their own institutions, the panel will involve the audience in a discussion about how our field can glocally work together to support sustainable energy futures.


Ulrich Kernbach
Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Deutsches Museum


Tomokazu Fukui
Science Communicator, Miraikan
The nuclear power plant accident made people aware of importance of energy choice. I introduce Miraikan’s activities including workshops, exhibitions, and conversation programs; I also discuss difficulties in science communication on the issue.
Anne Dhanaraj
Senior Director of Education Programmes, Scinece Centre Singapore
Communicating complex issues like energy sustainability, with all its interrelated aspects and implications, can be very challenging for science centres. What works – and what doesn't – to engage our audiences with this complexity?
Tom Rockwell
Director of Exhibits and Media Studio, Exploratorium
United States
Energy and sustainability are the products of countless humansocial choices, agreements and negotiations. The psychology of human collaborative and competitive behavior plays a big part in how agreements about sustainability are negotiated, made and maintained.
Sarah Kellberg
Lead Curator Special Exhibition energie.wenden, Deutsches Museum
The special exhibition energie.wenden explains how energy generation and utilisation, placing these topics in a global context. A participatory interactive game puts the visitor in the role of a politician as a decision maker.