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Science Across Cultures

The 6th Science Centre World Congress (6SCWC) was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 4-8 September 2011. Hosted by the Cape Town Science Centre, the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres, and the North Africa and Middle East Science centers network, the 6SCWC welcomed more than 400 delegates from 56 different countries.

With the theme "Science Across Cultures", the 6SCWC encouraged reconciliation between different cultures and a greater appreciation of the role that science centres can play in highlighting each culture's unique contributions to science, technology and science education.

Thank you to all those who participated in 6SCWC – delegates, presenters, session covenors, exhibitors and sponsors. Thank you for being part of it. We hope that those that attended enjoyed the event and that your professional and personal objectives were achieved.

A varied social programme highlighting the major attractions in Cape Town and its beautiful surrounding regions ensured that 6SCWC participants experienced the best that Cape Town had to offer. The Welcome Reception at the congress venue, the CTICC, offered guests the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from around the world. The evening excursion to the Two Oceans Aquarium allowed guests to marvel at the incredible diversity of marine life found in both the Indian and the Atlantic oceans. Guests also attended a "Night at the Museum" at the Iziko South African Museum and were invited to view the museum's one and a half million specimens of scientific importance outside of the public viewing hours. The 6SCWC's final social programme event, the Gala Dinner, was situated in the magnificent outdoor setting of Moyo Stellenbosch at Spier Wine Estate. Under a canopy of stars and Bedouin tents, guests had their faces painted in traditional African decorative face paint and danced the night away to local, lively African entertainment.

The Scientific Programme comprised 5 plenary sessions and 60 concurrent sessions, as well as poster sessions, demonstrations, World Cafés and 2 film screenings. A range of challenging and inspiring topics strongly addressed the congress theme of "Science Across Cultures", and 5 sub-themes (General interest, Recognising the multi-cultural roots of science and technology, The value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Science as part of culture and Building communities through science: the role of science centres) and provided a comprehensive overview of strategic thinking in the science centre community today.

Thanks again to all that participated and we look forward to gathering again in March 2014, for the Science Center World Summit in Belgium.

Interesting Links

6SCWC Photos and Videos


Click here to view all the 6SCWC photo albums.


Click here to view the 6SCWC video footage.


6SCWC PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint Presentations of the 6SCWC presenters in plenary and concurrent sessions are now available on the 6SCWC Online Programme Resource here. You can find presentations by searching for session titles or a presenter's last name.


Cape Town Declaration

Click here to download the Cape Town Declaration.


Delegate List

Click here to view the final delegate list.