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[redpop] 6SCWC Registration now open/ Call for individual posters

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Boletín RedPop    Octubre, 2010

Se abrió el registro para el Congreso Mundial de Centros de Ciencia, 6SCWC. Aproveche los descuentos en inscripción temprana y para los habitantes de países en desarrollo. También se les recuerda de la convocatoria individual en la sesión de póster.

Science Across Cultures

Download the Invitation to Register PDF

6SCWC registration is now open, with discounts for early registrations and delegates from countries with a low gross national income (GNI). Accommodation at the designated congress hotels can also be booked through the registration process.

More information on registration fees and accommodation rates can be found at or Download the Invitation to Register PDF

6SCWC Registration Fees
  • Discounted Early Registration (developing countries): R4250 ($610.72USD)
  • Early registration (up to 3 months prior): R5525 ($793.91)
  • Standard Registration: R 6525  ($837.60)
  • Late registration (2 weeks before and on site): R7525  ($1,080.62USD)
  • Accompanying person: R2500 ($358.97)

Early/Standard/Late/Discounted Registration Fees include:

  • All sessions and congress materials
  • 2 Tea breaks and lunch on congress days
  • Congress Opening Session (5 Sept)
  • Welcome Reception (4 Sept) and Gala Dinner (7 Sept)
  • Evening excursion to Cape Town musums or science centres (5 and 6 Sept)
The 6SCWC International Programme Committee is issuing a Call for Individual Posters. The deadline is 15 October 2010. This is an opportunity for individuals to submit posters and does not require international collaboration from three different continents. You are invited to propose a poster topic relating to one of the congress sub-themes:

1. Science as part of culture
2. Building communities through science: the role of science centres
3. Recognising the multi-cultural roots of science and technology
4. The value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Download the Call for Sessions guidelines for full information on congress sub-themes.

The Congress Secretariat is also available to answer your questions regarding the Call for Posters or other Sessions. info @
Submit a poster proposal online.

A reminder that the deadline for 6SCWC session proposals has been extended to 15 October 2010!

All members of the international science centre community are encouraged to propose a session for the 6SCWC parallel session programme. Find the guidelines here, and don?t forget that regional representatives of the 6SCWC International Programme Committee are available to offer advice on developing a successful session proposal. The names of these regional representatives can be found in the Call for Sessions guidelines.

FORMATOS: sesión panel, foro, taller y póster. Las descripciones siguen en inglés.

Panel Discussion:
Two to five presenters provide short presentations on a particular
topic/issue related to the theme or sub-themes, followed by substantial
discussion involving participants. No more than two presenters should
be from the same continent.
Session length: 1.5 or 3.0 hours

Forum Discussion:
A convener chairs inputs and facilitates discussion among participants
on a particular topic/issue related to the theme or sub-themes. The
topic may be based on reports or surveys of current and future
issues impacting on science centres. No more than two presenters
should be from the same continent.
Session length: 1.5 or 3.0 hours

Presenters actively involve participants in learning new skills
and techniques as a session during the congress. In addition,
a Pre-Congress Workshop will be held to pass on skills related to
science centre development to delegates from Africa and other
developing continents.
Session length: 1.5 or 3.0 hours

Poster Sessions:
A number of poster sessions will be available. Proposals must be
relevant to the congress theme and sub-themes and to the interests
of CEOs, decision-makers and science centre developers.


Si requieren apoyo para identificar expositores en otras regiones del mundo, que participen en su panel o foro propuesto, pueden enviar su propuesta y pedir ayuda de los miembros del Comité Internacional del Programa, IPC  (, incluyendo por RedPop a Joaquin Fargas (joaquinfargas @, Julia Tagüeña (jtag @ y Alejandra León-Castellá (leonale @

Confirmation and Review
All proposals will be confirmed by email upon receipt by the 6SCWC Congress Secretariat. The International Programme Committee (IPC) will review the proposals and select the sessions. Acceptance will be confirmed by email in December 2010.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 15 October 2010
Acceptance notice: December 2010
Congress dates: 4- 8 September 2011

Congress Theme: Science Across Cultures
The theme Science Across Cultures addresses the role that science centres should play in recognising that science is an integral component of our universal human culture and that science is derived and applied differently in different cultural contexts. It is not an endeavour that arose out of one culture, nor do its impacts affect only one culture. The benefits and costs of science, and of the application and misapplication of scientific knowledge, affect us all. Furthermore, science centres need to emphasise the message that a winning nation is a nation that develops an information-based economy driven by innovation, and which invests strongly in its people.
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1. Science as part of culture
The development of scientific literacy, i.e. the ability of the general population to understand the basic concepts of science, is a key success factor in the modern world and one to which science centres make an important contribution. Understanding 'how things work', and sharing that knowledge with others, is a way of honouring one of the nobler impulses of humankind. The awe and wonder that our early ancestors felt, and which we still feel today, when confronted with Nature?s grand design, is one of our
most fundamental human emotions. Our role as science centres is to constantly rekindle this basic emotion, and, at the same time, promote science as a fair and equitable human endeavour that benefits all cultures equally. We also need to discuss with our visitors the direction that science is taking us, and the ethical and psychological consequences of an increasingly technological world.

2. Building communities through science: the role of science centres
The social contract between science, and by extension science centres, and society implies that we should use science for the benefit of all humankind, as well as for the benefit of the nonhuman inhabitants of our planet. The international science centre community has the capacity to mount a global campaign that inspires people of all cultures to recognise that the effective use of the products and services of science and technology can be used to empower people and help them to build stable, sustainable and productive communities.

3. Recognising the multi-cultural roots of science and technology
Science and technology are not just a Western endeavour ? their roots can be traced to China, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Islamic world and Latin America; and to the indigenous peoples of North America, the Arctic, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific islands. Science is the product of the collective human yearning for understanding; technology turns that science into useful products and services; science centres unravel this complex web and help prepare people for a rapidly changing technological world. Recognising the multi-cultural roots of science adds colour, context and a new vibe of excitement to the teaching of science in our institutions. All science centres should be able to find inspiring examples of the multi-cultural roots of science at the local, regional or global level.

4. The value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
The true value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has begun to be appreciated in Western cultures but a great deal of misunderstanding still exists. IKS is science developed over millennia through observation and practical experiment, but it is not 'pseudo-science'. Today, there is a strong dialogue between modern science and IKS. Traditional science is under scrutiny but modern science is also enhancing its credibility by revealing the remarkable theoretical underpinnings of its traditional practices. Science centres have a vital role to play in highlighting the substantial role that IKS have played in laying the foundation for modern science, as well as for a future, more sustainable wave of technologies. Science centres should also promote the products of IKS in order to bring benefits to the indigenous people on whose intellectual property they were originally based. In South Africa, traditional Khoisan hunters who first discovered the appetite-suppressant properties of the succulent Hoodia gordoni now receive royalties from the sale of Hoodia products worldwide.


Más información del Congreso, un poquito de historia y más.

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.  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. 

CIENTEC es miembro fundador, actualmente desempeña la Coordinación del Nodo Central - Norte y es miembro del Consejo Director  de la RED.

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