• Plenary Session

When Do Museums Make a Difference?

Friday 17 Nov 2017
1F Main Hall

Session Concept:
Why does science sometimes make people change attitudes and adopt new practices, and why in other occasions it doesn’t? Why do we increasingly stop smoking and do a lot of people still drive big cars despite the threat to the environment? Is it only because the first has a direct and short term effect on us and the other is distant in time and even location? After all global warming is always affecting others. That is probably not the only explanation. Is science itself questionable or the scientific method? If so, how can we communicate properly about science based decisions we all desperately need? Is art a better vehicle for change because it carries more emotional dimensions? Or, is the need for science based behaviour the ultimate argument to make sure that science becomes part of culture?


Walter G.F. Staveloz
Director of International Relations, ASTC
United States
Mr. Staveloz is Director of International Relations at ASTC and has been instrumental in the transformation of the Science Centre World Congresses into Summits, he also is leading the field wide International Science Center and Science Museum Day in cooperation with UNESCO.


Jim Richardson
Founder, MuseumNext
United Kingdom
Mr. Richardson has been asking ‘what’s next for museums?’, challenging cultural institutions to reinvent themselves for our rapidly changing world. He leads MuseumNext, a global community of museum leaders, innovators and makers who champion radical change in museums. From Rio de Janeiro to Melbourne, from Cape Town to Singapore and New York to Copenhagen, this passionate community is shaping the future of museums.
Michael Murawski
Director of Education & Public Programs, Portland Art Museum
United States
Mr. Murawski is a Director of Education & Public Programs, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, and founding editor of Few people raise their voice to speak up for the underserved and the way we should be pro-active in taking sides when society is in conflict. He was one of the few addressing the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Claire Gillissen-Duval
Director, EMEA Corporate Social Responsibility & Africa Code Week Global Lead, SAP
Youth empowerment, accountable grant making and diversity have always been at the core of Claire’s CSR engagement. Global lead for SAP’s award-winning Africa Code Week, she is on a mission to empower young Africans with coding skills to thrive in society. SAP’s Africa coding training for refugees shows how science can help make that difference.