Ontario Science Centre exceeds sponsorship target for Fifth Science Centre World Congress. International conference to explore the role of Science Centres as Agents of Change.

The Ontario Science Centre is pleased to announce that it has surpassed its fundraising goal of $250,000 to support the 5th Science Centre World Congress (5SCWC). The Government of Ontario is the lead sponsor of the event, taking place June 15 to 19, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


“We are thrilled to have exceeded our target to raise $250,000 in sponsorships for the Congress,” says Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre and Chair of the 5SCWC. “We have achieved an exciting balance of private/public partner support for the congress, This reflects the importance that all our sponsors place on the central role of science centres in increasing public engagement in science and technology.”


The lineup of other partners comes from an impressive range of leaders in innovation, including Presenting Sponsors Nortel and Siemens Canada; Plenary Sponsor Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; and IMAX Corporation as a Keynote Sponsor.


“The 5th Science Centre World Congress will bring together senior leaders and decision makers from science centres and museums around the globe. Our sponsors support the Ontario Science Centre’s commitment to provide an enriching forum for dialogue among leaders interested in the cultivation of an informed and creative population that is ready to understand, and respond to, the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.” says Ms. Lewis.


Some of these partners are contributing to 5SCWC programming: In the Frontiers of Science plenary on Thursday June 19th, senior scientists supported by granting programs of the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will speak about the passion that drives them to pursue leading-edge scientific research.


The Ontario government recognizes the contribution science centres make – not only in supporting excellence in science education, but also helping to develop our next generation of researchers and innovators,” said Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson. “By working together to spark interest in science and technology, we are capturing and inspiring today’s young minds who, we believe, will solve our greatest global challenges and create Ontario’s next generation of jobs.”


The theme for the Congress is ‘Science Centres as Agents of Change – locally, nationally and internationally.’ More than 1,000 delegates from six continents are expected at the conference, which takes place every three years. The 5SCWC, being held for the first time in North America, will engage delegates with an extensive array of keynotes, plenaries and parallel sessions beginning June 15th. http://www.5scwc.org/


The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about themselves and the world. The Centre is a leading developer of interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit: www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.


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