The International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) is a yearly, global event illustrating the impact and reach of all the world’s science centers and science museums. It demonstrates the role these institutions play with their millions of visitors in raising awareness of—and engagement in—sustainable development and the solutions to worldwide challenges such as climate change, human health (HIV/AIDS, Zika, clean water, etc.), energy, waste, water shortages, gender, oceans, and other global issues.
Science centers and science museums worldwide take the opportunity of this day to celebrate and promote their missions through widely diverse informal science education and engagement activities addressing the critical topics articulated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the world’s nations in late 2015.
Science centers and science museums are present on all continents and welcome 300 million visitors each year who are actively seeking information and support to make changes in their communities. The day is also a reminder to all about the universality of science and its capacity to build bridges across geographical, cultural, and religious boundaries while addressing common concerns. All ISCSMD activities show how science and technology education in support of the SDGs has a larger impact beyond economic growth alone and can serve the greater good for the planet and its people.