Training Program for Leaders in Science Centres. Granada, 22-27 September 2013

Draft Program

Ice-break evening - Sunday 22 September

19:30 - Official Opening by
Ernesto Paramo, Director Parque de las Ciencias
Rosalia Vargas, President of Ecsite
Maria Cristina Russo, Director of International ooperation, DG research, European Commission
Francisco González Lodeiro, Rector of the University of Granada
Francisco Ledesma Palomino, Deputy Mayor of Granada
Representatives of local authorities,
Representative of sponsors

Philosophy of the project by
Mijbil Almutawa, president of NAMES and Catherine Franche, Director of ECSITE

Informal cocktail

Day 1 - Monday 23 September – Strategic planning


Program: Carmen Guerra


Starter: Mijbil Almutawa, Director of the Scientific Center Kuwait


From the global to the local context: value, mission and impact of science centres: Colin Johnson, Freelance, past CEO of Techniquest


Science centres activities, audiences and public impact: Jean-Marie Sani, Director of projects, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris


Practical workshop: How to develop a strategic plan
Convened by Colin Johnson, Freelance, past CEO of Techniquest


Visit: Installation of temporary exhibition – Madinat Ilbira (Legado Andalusi)

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 September – Science Learning


Starter: Carmen Guerra, Parque de las Ciencias


SENSOCIENCIA and experiment: Rut Jimenez and Maria Martinez Chico, Almeria University and About science learning: Yusuf Ulcay, Bursa Science Centre


How can science museums/centes enhance school science education?; Martin Lawrence Deputy Head of learning, London Natural History Museum


Thematic Workshops: Environmental Sciences Dr. Boshra Salem, Alexandria University; Chemistry (science shows) Sebastian Cardenete and Carlos Duran. Director Principia Science Centre; Physics Carlos Sampedro Parque de las Ciencias


Optional visit: Outer space as exhibition area – From astronomy to a menhir (Groups depending on number of participants)

Day 3 - Wednesday 25 September – Top priorities for management


Starter: Brigitte Coutant, Head of Institutional and International Relations Universcience Partenaires


Ten commandments in managing a science centre: what should you do, what should you avoid: Hoda ElMikaty, Director of Planetarium Science Centre of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina


Fundraising strategies: which tactics should we use to balance funds from companies or from government: Alain Coine, General Delegate of the endowment fund, Universcience Partenaires


Commercial issues of science centres: Louise Emerson, Head of Business and Commercial Startegy, London Natural History Museum


Science culture for the development in the Mediterranean: Vincenzo Lipardi, CEO Città della Scienza with Mario Scalet, Head of Science Unit, UNESCO Office in Venice, Raffaella Iodice, Head of Unit for Mediterranean programs at DG Cooperation, European Commission, Pilar Aranda Ramirez, Executive Secretary of the Euro Arab Foundation for Higher Studies and Jose Mariano Gago, Former Minister for Research, Portugal (tbc)


Optional Visit: Education and communication departments and Cultural Gallery

Day 4 - Thursday 26 September – Exhibition development


Starter: Ernesto Paramo Director of Parque de las Ciencias


Phenomena, Objects and Representations: Three Types of Exhibits and associated Design Principles.: Tom Rockwell, Exploratorium, Director of Exhibits and Associate Director for Program


Exhibition development planning for the young public: Marie-Pierre Lahalle, Deputy Head of Museological projects, Universcience


Case study - Analysis of the MUSE case study in Trento: development of exhibitions, choices of medias, planning of development, relation exhibition/building: Michele Lanzinger and Lavinia Del Longo, Director of MUSE-Museo della Scienze and team


Visit: Storage and conservation (Groups depending on number of participants)

Day 5 - Friday 27 September – New Technologies


Starter Luigi Amodio Director of Città della Scienza


Practical lessons Setting up internet collaborative platforms in science centres: Claude Farge, Director for Publishing and Transmedia, Universcience


Activity programs with new technologies (teachers training & digital planetarium) Manuel Roca, Director of Production and Technology Department, Parque de las Ciencias

Programming Competitions, Eng. Eslam Wageed, Project Manager, Regional Informatics Center, Arab Academy for Science.


The dissemination of patrimony as a knowledge progress strategy of the Alhambra: Mª del Mar Villafranca, Director of the Alhambra


Visit to the Alhambra. Conversation on science and art at the Alhambra

Gala Cocktail - Carmen de la Victoria

Consorcio Parque de las Ciencias

  • Junta de Andalucía
  • Ayuntamiento de Granada
  • Diputación de Granada
  • Universidad de Granada
  • Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
  • Caja Granada
Avda. de la Ciencia s/n 18006 Granada. Spain. Telf.: +34 958 131 900 Fax: +34 958 133 582