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[redpop] 6SCWC Update, programme, invited speakers, early registration deadline

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Boletín RedPop    Mayo, 2011

6SCWC, Cape Town, September 4 to , 2011
Science Across Cultures
Click here to view the web version of this announcement



The 6SCWC is pleased to announce the technical programme for the 6th Science Centre World Congress in Cape Town from 5-8 September 2011. The technical programme comprises five plenary sessions and 60 concurrent sessions, as well as poster sessions, demonstrations, science cafes and a film screening.

Click here to download the 6SCWC programme.

A world-class cast of plenary speakers has been invited to address the Congress. These speakers will challenge the status quo, propose challenging new ideas, and set the tone for our discussions. The plenary session topics include the development of science centres in Africa, the role of technology in modern society, ethnomathematics, international development of science centres and informal science education programmes, the importance of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, major trends in the science centre movement worldwide, findings of recent research on the effectiveness of science centres, use of modern technology to deliver science education programmes, and examples of multinational collaborative programmes. The final plenary session will launch the Cape Town Declaration and announce the next Congress. To view the profiles of some of our invited speakers, click here.

Delegates to the 6SCWC responded magnificently to the call for proposals for the 60 concurrent sessions. A range of challenging and inspiring topics have been proposed and accepted that strongly address the Congress theme and sub-themes and provide a comprehensive overview of strategic thinking in the science centre community today. Exciting multinational teams have been assembled to present and debate these topics during the concurrent sessions.

Topics in the concurrent sessions include dealing with contentious topics, climate change and health issues, building sustainable collateral through international relations, science and religion, the role of social media, bridging indigenous knowledge and Western science, capacity building, rethinking the science centre model, engaging the unengaged, outcomes of recent research on science centres, development of science centres in the NAMES region and in China, the role of science journalists, implementation of the Toronto Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals, social inclusion, the role of geoparks, children?s museums, scientists and science centres, the role of science festivals, and responsibilities for the future.

In addition, some challenging and inspiring topics will also be addressed during the poster sessions, demonstrations and science cafes.

There is something for everyone in the programme, whether you work in a science centre or in a traditional museum, outdoor park, zoo, aquarium, visitor centre, botanical garden or the corporate exhibitions environment. We predict that you will have some difficult decisions to make as to which concurrent sessions you attend, but we have no doubt that you will have an inspiring and enjoyable time!

Now that you are aware of the outstanding programme that we have assembled for the 6SCWC, we encourage you to take advantage of the early bird registration discount (until 3 June 2011) and register for the Congress online here.

I wish to thank the IPC and the Congress secretariat at Africa Agenda, and all Congress delegates, for their roles in putting this programme together.

The programme for the Pre-Congress Capacity Building Workshop (2-4 September 2011) will be announced separately.

Yours sincerely,
Mike Bruton
Chair: LOC and IPC
6th Science Centre World Congress
on behalf of the LOC and IPC

Click here to download the 6SCWC programme.

Click here to download the 6SCWC Posters List
(Note that posters will be displayed for the duration of the congress during lunches and teas).

Click here to visit the 6SCWC Online Programme Resource.
This resource allows delegates to search for sessions and create a
Personal Planner of the sessions they will attend. Please use the
online resource in conjunction with the programme and the
posters list.

There are only 3 more weeks to take advantage of the Early Registration rate of ZAR 5,525.00, which expires on 3 June 2011. Please note that the Discounted and Student Registration rates are also only available until 3 June 2011. We encourage you to register right away!

Click here for more information on 6SCWC registration fees.
Click here to register.

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