What is it about?

This paper discusses how science museums, science centres, and other science education institutions can contribute to addressing the global problems we face. I argue that out-of-school science is - in some ways - better positioned to engage children in problems such as climate change or the biodiversity crisis than school science.

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Why is it important?

The global problems we face call for an 'all hand on deck' approach. It's important to consider how all institutions can play their part in mobilising humanity for a sustainable future.


This paper was a keynote address I gave for the 5th International Conference on Mathematics and Science Education in Indonesia. I was both honoured to be invited to share my perspectives, and conscious of the fact that I represented a western and historically colonial nation. I attempted to include Indonesian and Southeast Asian perspectives in my talk, both in my preparatory reading and in opportunities for participants to engage online during the talk.

Dr. Marianne Achiam
University of Copenhagen

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This page is a summary of: Science education for a sustainable future: The role of out-of-school experiences, January 2023, American Institute of Physics,
DOI: 10.1063/5.0112901.
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