Upcoming ASPAC Conference
Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) - Tokyo, Japan
There will be no ASPAC Conference in 2017, as the Science Centre World Summit – the triennial global meeting of professionals of science centres/museums and their networks – will be hosted in the ASPAC region this year. ASPAC members are encouraged to attend SCWS at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo, Japan, on 14-17 Nov 2017. A small ASPAC gathering will be arranged on the sidelines of the summit.
The theme of SCWS 2017 is 'Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future'. More info is available on the summit website.
Past ASPAC Conferences
ASPAC 2016 - Beijing, China
Hosted by the China Science & Technology Museum in Beijing, China, on 17-20 May 2016, the main theme of ASPAC 2016 was "Science Centres for All", referring to the expanding scope and the broadening audiences that our science centres serve. The plenary sessions, interactive group discussions and workshops focussed on four sub-themes:
- Designing and Planning Exhibitions for Our Diverse Visitors
- Public Engagement and Participation in Science Education: Free-choice Learning for Life Long Outcomes
- Reaching and Engaging Online and Theatre Visitors
- Marketing and Communication Strategies to Reach New Visitors and Retain Existing Visitors
Visit the conference website for more details.
ASPAC 2015 - Manila, Philippines
Hosted by The Mind Museum on 26-30 April 2015, ASPAC 2015 was an Inspirational Science Camp! With inspiring keynote speakers and parallel sessions planned and coordinated by Session Champions, this was a very engaging and hands-on conference. Check out the conference website for more details.
ASPAC 2014 - Brunei Darussalam
With the theme of ‘Building a Community through Science’, ASPAC 2014 had a strong community outreach component. Hosted by the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Brunei Darussalam, the four-day event on 5-8 May 2014 included the conference (6-7 May), the pre-conference ASPAC Outreach at OGDC, and the post-conference ASPAC Outreach at Schools.
The keynote, plenary discussions and parallel sessions focussed on the sub-themes of 'Inspiring a literate science society', 'Inspiring science curriculum' and 'Science Centre - a source of Science, Technology and Innovation for the young minds.'
Details of the conference and the outreach programmes are available on the conference website.
ASPAC 2013 - Daejeon, South Korea
ASPAC 2013 was hosted by the National Science Museum of Korea in Daejeon, South Korea, on 6-10 May 2013, including one day each of pre- and post-conference programmes.
The theme of the conference was 'Engaging Society with Science', with the sub-themes of 'Informal Science Education', 'Global Science Issues and Science Museums & Centers', 'Creative Solutions through Convergence of Disciplines', and 'Sustainable Science Museums & Centers'.
Check the conference website for the schedule of Keynote and invited lectures, parallel sessions, trade show, science shows and much more. Or watch the video below for some highlights of the conference.