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Planet under Pressure

Planet under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions London, England—International Convention Centre at Excel
March 26–29, 2012


The global scientific community must deliver to society the knowledge necessary to assess the risks humanity is facing from global change. It must provide knowledge of how society can effectively mitigate dangerous changes and cope with changes we cannot manage.

Based on the latest scientific evidence, the Planet under Pressure (PuP) conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world's attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.

The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 Earth Summit, which will be held in June.

ASTC’s presence at the conference is part of the association’s efforts on the road to Rio+20 to promote the field towards international science, science education, and science policy organizations who are setting the agenda for future generations. There is no way that the Rio Summit will be successful if it does not consider a huge effort to educate the public about the global challenges for the planet. Science centers worldwide already do this significantly today and both the Toronto and Cape Town Declarations emphasize how we have become increasingly aware of the role that we can/should play in that regard. The partnership with PuP shows that the scientific community is very sensitive about this idea and start to recognize the impact that we can have once we act as a field. Listening to what will be said about the science that has been discussed and through the speech of Margit Fischer, First Lady of Austria on our behalf, how this can lead to new partnerships will be extremely convincing about success ahead moving forward on that path.


Margit Fischer speech, Planet Under Pressure, London, UK, 29 March 2012
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What Can You Do?

The worldwide Google map shows the more than 200 science centers and museums all over the world that have events planned for the week of the PuP conference. There's still time to plan an event and upload your institution's information on the map the whole world has been looking at!

Promote your institution's participation in any number of ways, using material that can be found on the conference website.

Our partnership is the result of a great collaboration with major international research organizations and scientific institutions. We are absolutely delighted that they have agreed to produce a specific press release celebrating that partnership. You can customize the special press release to fit your institution's needs. Images are also available below (click to enlarge).

Planet under Pressure Press Release Template
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Margit Fischer, First Lady of Austria and president of the Austrian ScienceCentre-Network, Vienna, Austria.
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Margit Fischer, First Lady of Austria, watches students perform a science experiment in Vienna, Austria.
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Solar Eclipse programme at Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre, Kurukshetra, India.
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Learning science the interactive way brings smiles to children in the Unizul science centre in Richards Bay, South Africa.
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Electricity demonstration at the Museum of Science in Boston.
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Download the speech of Margit Fischer, the First Lady of Austria, supporting new partnerships between science centers and the research community for a sustainable world. All international science center networks have worked together to have a high level presence at the conference. We are very grateful to Mrs. Fischer, who will deliver the science center networks speech at the conference.

Margit Fischer speech, Planet Under Pressure, London, UK, 29 March 2012
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Keep an eye on this page for more opportunities, or visit the conference website for the latest details.






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