Science centers worldwide are preparing to convene in Toronto, June 15–20, for the 5th Science Centre World Congress, Science Centres as Agents of Change, hosted by the Ontario Science Centre. Global environmental sustainability and science centers’ social responsibility are key conference themes. Among those addressing them are two notable keynote speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit leader, change activist, and nominee for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; and Mohamed H. Hassan, expert on wind erosion and sand transport and executive director of the Third World Academy of Sciences.
In addition, Jennifer Corriero, co-founder and executive director of TakingItGlobal—an online community where young people connect to find inspiration, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities—will address the conference in collaboration with TakingItGlobal representatives in Argentina, Egypt, and China via live weblink.In keeping with its themes and “green” guiding principles, the 5th Science Centre World Congress is being run with a minimum of paper. To register and sign up for e-mail updates, visit the conference website. The advance registration deadline is March 30.