On 10 November the first International Science Centre and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) was held to help demonstrate the engagement and impact of science centres worldwide, and celebrate how science centres are helping to achieve UNESCO’s 17 sustainable development goals.
Scitech marked this day 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 as Scitech alumni and current staff, special guests attended the event including the founder of Scitech, Mal Bryce AO and current Scitech CEO, Alan Brien.
Speakers included Wesfarmers Chairman, Michael Chaney, who played a big role in making Scitech a reality; Scitech Director of Science Programs, Andrew Hannah, who has been with the organisation since its early years; and Christine Wood, a previous staff member and current science teacher who expressed her continuing love for sharing the gift of science.
Scitech’s current and planned programs and events work on many of UNESCO’s sustainable development goals, with a focus on Quality Education, Good Health & Well-Being, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Partnerships for the Goals, and Gender Equality.
Scitech also participated in NASA’s Citizen Science Project, GLOBE Observer, for ISCSMD which aimed to help international scientists answer questions about climate change, and built a large graphical display in the centre’s foyer that highlights the local and international work its staff has undertaken to make science accessible to everyone.
Outcomes from ISCSMD events and discussions globally will be presented at the Science Centre World Summit 2017 in Tokyo.