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[Notice] Press event “Science Centre World Summit 2017”


Press event “Science Centre World Summit 2017”
A new role for Science Centres – Contributing to solving global issues

November 15 (Wed), 2017, 16:00 –18:45



※This event is targeted at foreign media



In a period from November 15th to 17th, Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo will host the Science Centre World Summit 2017 (SCWS2017) where representatives of science centres from around the world will gather to discuss new roles science centres can play in solving the present global issues as formulated by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). It is the first time the Summit is hosted by an Asian country.


During the press event, Miraikan will organize a tour where it introduces its contribution in the form of new special exhibits and demonstrations featuring SDG relevant contents. The participants will also join the special session on the Tokyo Protocol, the core topic of the Summit, where speakers from participating centres introduce their strategies for achieving the goals.



Tour content:


① Solving the problems of limited resources

Temporary Exhibition "No choice? The earth - sold out! ~SDGs×Backward from the future~"


In order to sustain our present lifestyle, a significant amount of natural resources is extracted from the Earth and oceans every day. If we continue the extraction at the present pace, we may soon reach a point where our lifestyle ceases to be sustainable. The temporary exhibition, and the related game-style workshop, introduce the 17 goals for SDGs, and provide hints on how we can change our consumption behavior to protect our lifestyle.



② Solving the food problem

Temporary Exhibition "Beautiful Rice -For a Sustainable Future"


Rice has played an important role in the Asian culinary culture for centuries. The exhibit introduces the long tradition of rice cultivation in Asia covering techniques used in various parts of Asia for several thousand years, as well as modern techniques of smart agriculture which takes the advantage of information technology.



③ Solving the health problem

“Activate Yourself – Project for lazy athletes”


In Laboratory for New Media, visitors can learn about new applications of information technology in our everyday life.
The present exhibit, available until November 22, 2017, introduces technology that may help people to live a more active and healthy life.
During the press event, the staff will demonstrate the sensors equipped undergarment KOKOROMO that collects bio data such as electrocardiogram and posture data, and a system of ultrasonic speakers OTODAMA, ONSEN, OTOMATO capable of delivering music or instructions to a specific area, creating environment that makes you want to exercise naturally.



④ How can science centres contribute to solving global issues?

The Science Centre World Summit 2017, Special Session
“The Tokyo Protocol: Our Global Plan for Local Action”


In June 2017, representatives of science centres from around the world signed the Tokyo Protocol, agreeing on new action guidelines for science centres.
The first half of the session will be dedicated to reflection on the centres’ performance in connection with the targets set in the Mechelon declaration 3 years ago. In the second part of the session, Dr. Mamoru Mohri, Chair of the Science Centre World Summit 2017, will outline the importance of the Tokyo Protocol, and the chairpersons of the science centre networks worldwide will highlight the significance of the Tokyo Protocol and the priorities for their region.

Derek Fish (Director, Unizulu Science Centre, South Africa)
Erik Jacquemyn (Chair, the Science Centre World Summit 2014/International consultant Jacquemyn & associatesBelgium)


Herbert Münder (President, Ecsite/General Manager, Universum Bremen, Germany)
Tit Meng Lim (President, ASPAC/CEO, Science Centre Singapore, Singapore)
Guy Labine (Chair, ASTC/CEO, Science North Canada)
Sawsan Dalaq (President, NAMES/Director, Children’s Museum Jordan, Jordan)
Mondli Mnguni (President, SAASTEC, South Africa)
Luisa Massarani (Director, RedPOP/Director, Museu da Vida, Brazil)
Mamoru Mohri (Chairman, International Programme Committee of the SCWS2017/Chief
Executive Director, Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation




About the Science Centre World Summit 2017


The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) is a global meeting convened once every three years, bringing together many leaders who are steering science centres around the world, as well as delegates from the education, policymaking, and corporate sectors, to name a few.
The Science Centre World Summit 2017 (SCWS 2017) is organized around the central theme of “Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future.” The discussions, undertaken in various sessions, will cover a wide range of regional to global issues concerning the strategy that science centres can take to transform and progress toward a new model in cooperation with organizations from other sectors, and to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.



About Miraikan


From everyday questions to latest science technology, Miraikan – the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innoation is a place where you can learn about the newest progress in, mainly Japanese, science, and have hands-on experience of some of the most recent technologies.



Event details
■Date and time: November 15 (Wed), 2017, 16:00 –18:45
■Venue: Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
■Event schedule:
 16:00 reception/registration
 16:00-16:15 orientation/briefing
 16:15-17:40 Special exhibit tour
 17:45-18:45 SCWS2017 Special Session related to Tokyo Protocol
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■Language: English interpreter available




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