We invite individual science centers and science museums to begin an online dialogue about the event. Help us bring the conversation alive by submitting a blog post and letting all of us know what is working (or what you’d like to improve) in your center relative to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. How can you start? Identify one goal (or more!) linked to an exhibition or a program that you currently offer or plan to undertake. Share your successes, challenges, and ideas for change, either that you’ve already made or hope to make. Your posts—and the discussions that result—will not only inspire comments from the field, but will be used to set the stage for future events. Submit your post and a related image to Walter Staveloz, wstaveloz@astc.org.
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An Alumni Event Helps Celebrate International Science Center & Science Museum Day

By Tomi Ellis, Communications Officer, Scitech, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Scitech, which opened in 1988, marked the first International Science Center & Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) with an Alumni Event that highlighted how Scitech has been shaped by its staff and volunteers, and how those staff and volunteers have been shaped by Scitech. As well […]

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Supporting the SDGs with scientific research, public engagement, and action

By the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University   In September of 2015 the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS) had the opportunity to host a panel on climate change keynoted by economist and economic development expert Jeffrey Sachs. As part of his talk, Prof. Sachs discussed the pending passage of the […]

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The Wellcome Image Awards: The Power of Visual Imagery as an Engagement Tool

By Joanna Castle, Wellcome Image Awards Project Manager, and Carly Dakin, Clinical Collections Coordinator, Wellcome Images Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation On this, the day which celebrates international science centers and science museums, we wanted to […]

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Hidden Figures and Our Hidden History Exhibit

By Crystal Harden, Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls As far as not being equal was concerned, she said, “I didn’t have time for that. My dad taught us you are as good as anybody […]

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Nature and Science Museums in an External Responsibility Context

By Emlyn Koster Increasingly, we see that the boundaries between types of museums and between their local and global horizons are blurring. These trends enable museums—especially nature and science museums—to accelerate their attention to external impacts in environmental and societal contexts. For its part, the International Council of Museums has a global working group to […]

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Sustainable Development Goals in Science Museums

English │ Español By Elis Monroy MIDE, Museo Interactivo de Economía What’s the use of science museums? Surely there are hundreds of answers to this question, but if we investigate as children do, asking one “Why?” after another, it’s certain that sooner or later, the welfare of the people will be mentioned. And it is […]

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Future Earth (Research for Global Sustainability) supports the ISCSMD

Future Earth fully supports UNESCO’s and the international network of science centres’ initiative to support the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs mark a paradigm shift in human development. They are the first acknowledgement that global sustainability is now a prerequisite for human welfare and prosperity – and global sustainability is at risk. To succeed, the […]

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ISCSMD 2016: A Global Platform for Reflection, Transformation, and Mainstreaming the SDGs in Science Centres and Science Museums

By Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala, President, African Gong During the recent ECSITE Annual Conference in Graz, Austria, I did allude in my keynote presentation that the sector should be wary of falling into the self-congratulation trap of using this landmark global platform of the International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) as simply yet another […]

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SAASTEC showcases the SDGs

by Derek Fish The Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC) represents science and technology centers mostly below the equator in Africa. Formed in 1996, it holds an annual conference which will be at Unizulu Science Centre in Richards Bay, South Africa, November 7–10 this year coinciding with the host’s 30th birthday celebrations. […]

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ASTC and UNAI Launch ISCSMD Contest

Within the framework of the International Science Center and Science Museum Day, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is collaborating with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to hold a contest open to college and university students from Africa. Entrants are invited to submit a […]