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International conference set to shape the future of science learning

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With an overarching theme of Science: Make the future you want! researchers and STEM leaders from science centres and museums around the world will converge in Brisbane to collaborate, connect and generate new ideas about science communication.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said Queensland Museum Network is delighted to host ASPAC 2019, in Australia for the first time.

“The conference is another achievement for the Network as we continue to strengthen our public STEM engagement with events such as the annual World Science Festival Brisbane, brand new SparkLab Sciencentre, teacher professional development, community events and Discovery Days for little learners,” Thompson said.  

“We are expecting more than 80 speakers from 18 countries including Australia, New Zealand, England, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United States, Denmark and Singapore, and I look forward to welcoming everyone to the conference and sharing ideas that will ultimately enhance our visitor experience.”

Minister for Science and the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the ASPAC Conference is the leading event in Australasia for professionals and practitioners of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

“Hosting this conference is testament to Queensland’s international reputation as a leader in STEM learning and our commitment to ensuring science is accessible to everyone,” Enoch said.

“Here in Queensland we want to encourage everyone to discover more about the world around us, and create accessible learning and educational platforms for all ages.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones is looking forward to welcoming delegates to Brisbane.

“The beauty of Brisbane as a business event host is that delegates can extend their stay or enjoy iconic tourism experiences in between conference commitments,” Jones said.

“The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund, is proud to support such events because they create jobs in the tourism sector.”

Established in 1997, ASPAC facilitates communication and cooperation among science centres, museums and other organisations that use interactive approaches for learning and public understanding of science and technology within the Asia-Pacific region.

This year the conference will explore current and emerging trends in science; valuing the past to inform the future; and creating a collaborative future with institutions.

With more than 25 talks and workshops, topics will range from challenges of implementing STEM Education – 21st century skills; the role of science centres in the citizen science landscape; engaging kids from Year 1 in playful science; Indigenous/traditional technology and the Modern Science Centre; how to use multimedia to inspire global connections for local solutions and promoting conservation through public engagement. 

Thompson said the conference will bring a wonderful array of interactive workshops, knowledge sharing opportunities and thought-provoking experiences of engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

ASPAC will run from Wednesday 4 September to Friday 6 September 2019.

Registrations to attend ASPAC 2019 are now open.

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