At the 6th Science Centre World Congress, leaders of science centres and museums worldwide resolve to:
CAPE TOWN DECLARATION
At the convened in Cape Town, South Africa, from
Globally, science centres and interactive museums have taken the lead in hands-
Each year, over 310 million people actively participate in the in-
Science centres also recognize that ‘smart play’ is one of the most effective ways of learning for people of all ages. Their role is to reach beyond the provision of information into the development of understanding and wisdom. This wisdom brings about changed mindsets and behaviours that lead to the development of more sustainable life styles. Science centres help people, and therefore societies, to maximize their potential.
Science centres are places where construction of meaning takes place, and scientific and technological advances are understood in their appropriate contexts. Although trust in scientists remains high, science centre audiences do not automatically accept that all scientific advances mean progress for everyone. They want to engage with scientists and to understand the long term implications of their research. There is thus a need for improved dialogue between scientists and the public during the course of the scientific process that leads to societal change.
This Declaration is consistent with the core contributions made by science centres worldwide and outlined in the of 2008. This Cape Town Declaration of 2011 notes that, over the past three years, science centres have especially:
Plans to achieve these resolutions will be developed, as appropriate, at institutional, national and international levels. At the 2014 Science Centre World Summit, to be held at Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium, in 2014, science centres and museums shall assess the extent to which they have, as individual institutions and collectively, achieved the goals set out here.
6th SCIENCE CENTRE WORLD CONGRESS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
8 September, 2011
CAPE TOWN CONVENTION ENDORSED BY: