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Boletín   abril 2008

Ontario Science Centre exceeds sponsorship target for
Fifth Science Centre World Congress (5SCWC)


With some two months to go to the 5SCWC, the Ontario Science Centre has surpassed its fundraising goal of $250,000 ensuring a topnotch event for participants.   The Government of Ontario is the lead sponsor of the event, taking place June 15 to 19, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

We are thrilled to have exceeded our target to raise $250,000 in sponsorships for the Congress, says Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre and Chair of the 5SCWC. We have achieved an exciting balance of private/public partner support for the congress. This reflects the importance that all our sponsors place on the central role of science centres in increasing public engagement in science and technology.

The lineup of other partners comes from an impressive range of leaders in innovation, including Presenting Sponsors Nortel and Siemens Canada; Plenary Sponsor Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; and IMAX Corporation as a Keynote Sponsor.

The 5th Science Centre World Congress will bring together senior leaders and decision makers from science centres and museums around the globe.  Our sponsors support the Ontario Science Centre's commitment  to provide an enriching forum for dialogue among leaders interested in the cultivation of an informed and creative population that is ready to understand, and respond to, the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, says Ms. Lewis.

Some of these partners are contributing to 5SCWC programming: In the Frontiers of Science plenary on Thursday June 19th, senior scientists supported by granting programs of the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will speak about the passion that drives them to pursue leading-edge scientific research.

The Ontario government recognizes the contribution science centres make, not only in supporting excellence in science education, but also helping to develop our next generation of researchers and innovators, said Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson. By working together to spark interest in science and technology, we are capturing and inspiring today's young minds who, we believe, will solve our greatest global challenges and create Ontario's next generation of jobs.

The theme for the Congress is Science Centres as Agents of Change - locally, nationally and internationally. More than 1,000 delegates from six continents are expected at the conference, which takes place every three years. The 5SCWC, being held for the first time in North America, will engage delegates with an extensive array of keynotes, plenaries and parallel sessions beginning June 15th.

For more information or to register, please visit

Keynote Speakers

The 5th Science Centre World Congress will feature three keynote addresses, linked to the congress sub-themes. Keynote speakers were chosen from outside our field based on their ability to propose ideas and actions that will inspire delegates, both during the congress and following, as we consider how to motivate science centres and our visitors to collective action.

Monday, June 16
Sub-theme: Building the Future (Human Capital Building; Personal Well-being, Lifelong Learning)

Jennifer Corriero
Jennifer CorrieroJennifer is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the use of technology. TakingITGlobal has been recognized by the 2007 Tech Museum Awards as a winner in the Education category. In 2007, Jennifer was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network and in 2005 she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has presented at events including the World Urban Forum, International AIDS Conference, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Youth Employment Summit and Global Knowledge Partnership International Forum. Jennifer has a BA (Liberal Studies) with a focus on Business, Communications, Technology and Culture and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. Her area of concentration is Youth Engagement and Capacity-Building Across Cultures. Jennifer is an alumna of the Ontario Science Centre Science School.

Tuesday, June 17
Sub-theme: Citizen Engagement ? Increasing Engagement with Science and World Issues ? Social Responsibility

Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis was the UN Secretary-General?s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization?s global headquarters in New York. >From 1984 through 1988, Stephen Lewis was Canada?s Ambassador to the United Nations.
Mr. Stephen Lewis is a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is co-Director of AIDS-Free World (, a new international AIDS advocacy organization based in the United States, and he is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation ( in Canada.
Mr. Lewis holds 26 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country?s highest honour for lifetime achievement. In 2007, the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country?s highest honour.

Wednesday, June 18
Sub-theme: Planet Earth ? Living On it, Changing It, Sustaining It: The Role of Science Centres

Mohamed H.A. Hassan H.A. Hassan is Executive Director of TWAS - the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and serves on a number of committees in other organizations worldwide. He was born in the Sudan in 1947, and holds a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Oxford, UK (1974). A former professor and dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum, he received the order of scientific merit of Brazil. He is a fellow of TWAS, AAS, and the Islamic Academy of Sciences as well as honorary member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, corresponding member of the Belgian Royal Overseas Academy of Sciences, and foreign fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. His research areas include theoretical plasma physics, physics of wind erosion and sand transport. He is married and has two daughters and a son.

Mohamed H.A. Hassan


Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Sheila Watt-Cloutier has made it her life's work to preserve the environment and advocate for the people of the circumpolar region. Born in the tiny community of Kuujjuaq in Northern Quebec, Ms. Watt-Cloutier was raised traditionally on the land for ten years, before attending school in Churchill, Manitoba. She currently makes her home in Iqaluit and is the Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the Inuit organization that represents the interests of the Inuit peoples of northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia. She was elected president of ICC in 1995 and reelected to this position in 1998. In this capacity, she was successful in persuading states to sign a global agreement to ban the generation and use of persistent organic pollutants, such as DDT and the PCBs that contaminate the Arctic food chain. For this work she received the inaugural global environmental award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. Ms. Watt-Cloutier is currently engaged in climate change initiatives with the aim of persuading states to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases. She visited Chukotka in Northern Russia earlier this year and announced a pilot project with the region's Indigenous peoples to promote international marketing of local arts and crafts. In addition to her work with the environment, Ms. Watt-Cloutier was the Corporate Secretary of Makivik Corporation, the organization that looked after the funds from the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Land Claims Agreement. She has also worked extensively to improve health conditions and education for Aboriginal communities.

Plenary Sessions

Monday, June 16
The Role of Science Centre?s in Building the Future
Professor José Mariano Gago, the Minister of Science from Portugal will be the featured speaker on this session. Professor Gago is an eloquent and knowledgeable advocate for the public awareness of science. He also has a superior understanding of the importance of science centres to the public. Following Professor Gago?s remarks, science centre leaders will respond.

Wednesday, June 18
CEO Dialogue on Social Responsibility
CEO?s from five science centres and the CEO of Siemens Canada will discuss the ways that their institutions have demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility and citizen engagement.

Moderator:    Bryce Seidl, Pacific Science Centre, USA
Panelists:      Maya Halevy, Bloomfield Science Centre, Israel
                    Elizabeth Hoyos, Maloka, Colombia
                    Eric Jolly, Science Museum of Minnesota, USA
                    Rosalia Vargas, Ciencia Viva, Portugal
                    Guenther Scholz, CEO, Siemens Canada

Thursday, June 19
Frontiers of Science
On the final morning of the congress, a two-part plenary session will be held. The first part of the plenary session will feature senior researchers and scientists from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and from the Ministry of Research of Innovation. Each scientist will speak for five to seven minutes about the leading-edge research that they are involved in and the passion that drives this research. The session will be introduced by Dr. Suzanne Fortier, the President of NSERC.

In the second part of the session, science centre leaders will speak to the challenges for science centres and museums in responding to current research and bringing it to the public.

La RED POP, es  una red interactiva que surge de la convocatoria realizada por UNESCO en 1990  y reúne a centros, museos y programas de popularización y divulgación de a  ciencia y la tecnología en América Latina y el Caribe. Funciona  mediantes mecanismos regionales de cooperación que favorecen el intercambio, entrenamietno y aprovechamiento de recursos entre sus miembros. 

CIENTEC es miembro fundador y actualmente  ocupa la Dirección Ejecutiva de la RED.

A Red-POP é uma rede interativa que surge de uma  convocação realizada pela UNESCO em 1990 e reúne centros, museus e programas de popularização e divulgação da ciência e tecnologia na América Latina e   Caribe. Funciona  mediante mecanismos regionais de cooperação que favorecem o intercâmbio, o treinamento e o aproveitamento de  recursos entre seus membros. 

O CIENTEC é membro fundador e atualmente ocupa a Direção Executiva da RED.

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