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International Day of Scientific Culture 2024

International Day of Scientific Culture

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WHY CELEBRATE A DAY OF SCIENTIFIC CULTURE?

The International Day of Scientific Culture (IDSC) aims to highlight the importance of scientific culture in today's world; and celebrate activities and institutions that provide spaces for people to make science a relevant part of their lives.

Now, with major global-scale challenges such as climate change, energy demand and the sustainability of societies, it is of paramount importance to engage and empower more and more people through science, as a key means to informed decision-making to address such issues. Our efforts are critical to the future of humanity’s well-being and the health of our planet.

Many institutions and individuals around the world contribute to strengthening scientific culture through public communication of science. But more needs to be done. Therefore, in 2020 a group of institutions launched the initiative of the International Day of Scientific Culture.

September 28, the anniversary of the start of the broadcasts of the series 'Cosmos', one of the most influential outreach programs in history, was chosen to celebrate each year the International Day of Scientific Culture.

The institutions who founded the initiative in 2020 was Mexican Society for the Communication of Science and Technology, Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique Et Technique (MILSET), Youth Science and Technology Activities National Network (Mexico), Mexican Network of Science Recreation Workshops, Fibonacci • Innovation and Scientific Culture (Mexico), CIENTEC Foundation (Costa Rica), Distance State University (Costa Rica), National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (Costa Rica).

SCIENTIFIC CULTURE

Science is a powerful tool to understand reality and to use it to solve the needs and problems that are presented to us. Science is a human enterprise, and as such, in terms of values, knowledge and applications, it goes beyond the domain of the scientific community). Science is a key element in the development of society: it needs to be integrated into the action of organizations, groups and individuals, for the identification and solution of their needs and problems.

People require a scientific culture that encompasses not only knowledge of basic concepts and facts from various disciplines; also, the general understanding of the role of science in the progress of society and the appreciation of its contributions; the vision of the world and reality from a knowledge-based perspective; and the application of science-derived knowledge in everyday life decisions and situations. At the same time, society needs, in order to progress comprehensively, scientifically educated citizens.

HOW TO CELEBRATE THE IDSC

Carry out activities

Institutions, as well as individuals, can celebrate the DICC through the realization of one or more activities consistent with their respective missions and functions, which are aimed at:

  • disseminating the concept of scientific culture,
  • highlighting its importance in today's world,
  • promoting the integration of science as part of citizen culture
  • highlighting the need for citizens in general (including politicians, educators, social and business leaders, etc.) to be scientifically educated.

Activities can be organized the institution individually, by institutions working together within a country, or institutions working together across countries. We invite you to register them in the following form in order to be part of the international catalogue:https://forms.gle/xJ3kKM2xFkWS3TdE9

Organisations can also send a letter of support to the initiative in the following form: https://forms.gle/hG8Csd5C5uZCbgEy6

The list of organisations that have decided to celebrate the IDSC can be consulted in the section "Participating Institutions", which is periodically updated.

The target audiences can be very diverse:

  • By age: Children, teenagers, adults.
  • By professional activity: Teachers, researchers and technologists, politicians and public officials, professionals from various disciplines (biologists, mathematicians, sociologists, educators, chemists, biotechnologists, etc).
  • By areas of interest: People in a street situation, people with disabilities, domestic workers, housewives, parents, etc.
  • By level of schooling: Students of different educational levels, illiterate population, etc.

Disseminate

Disseminate the celebration of the IDSC through media accessible to each organization: websites, social networks, radio or television, audio or video channels via Internet, newsletters, etc.

The materials in the “Resources” section may be used.

Record and publish a testimonial

Participating educators and science communicators can, if they wish, record one or more short videos (from 30 to 60 seconds) with their cell phones or tablets, answering to one or both of the following questions:

  • Why is scientific culture important?
  • What do you do in your daily life to enjoy science and to take advantage of it?

Post your video on your personal web site or social media (Facebook, Instagram or YouTube channel) between the night of Tuesday, September 27, and early Wednesday 28, accompanying the video with the hashtag #DíaCulturaCientífica, #ScienceCulturaDay, #DICC2024 o #IDSC2024, as well as tagging the official celebration profiles:

You are encouraged to invite other colleagues to join the celebration of the DICC, by recording and publishing their own video.

Share materials

If you produce materials about the IDSC in languages other than Spanish and English, you can share them by sending them to the mail: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. to make them available to other institutions and individuals.

Report what you did

You are encouraged to publish notes and videos about the activities and results of your institution.

Participating institutions are encouraged to record information about their activities and the public served.

RESOURCES

IDSC Report 2023

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ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

In this section you will be able to consult the agenda of activities that will be carried out on September 28, the institutions of several countries that have joined together to celebrate the International Day of Scientific Culture.

You can check out some of the activities carried out in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

 

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AFFILIATED AND PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

This year the IDSC will be celebrated by various organizations, among which are Universities, Research Centers, Scientific Associations, State and National Councils of Science and Technology, Networks of researchers and science communicators, Museums and Science Centers, Civil Associations, among others.

If you wish to formally join the celebration, send an institutional letter to the e-mail Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. or register here: https://forms.gle/hG8Csd5C5uZCbgEy6

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

• Ibero-American Science Organization
International
• International Life Sciences Institute (Mesoamerica)
International
• Latin American Network of Popularization Sciencie Projects
International
• Latin American Society of Science and Technology
International
• Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique Et Technique
International
• Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (RedPOP)
International
• North Africa and Middle East Science centers Network (NAMES)
International
• Young Science Foundation
International

 

AFRICA

• Association des Petits Débrouillards de Fès pour le développement durable (l'APDFes)
Morocco
• Association Marocaine des Petits Débrouillards (AMPD)
Morocco
• Embassy of Costa Rica in Kenia
Kenia
• EYE-Namibia
Namibia
• Faculty of Nanotechnology, Cairo University
Egypt
• Imbewu Science Foundation
South
• Ligue des Activités Scientifiques et Techniques de Jeunes de Tizi Ouzo Algérie
Algeria
• National Algerian Association of Small Debrouillards
Algeria
• Science&Development
Morocco
• Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE)
South Africa
• The Tunisian Association For The Future of Sciences and Technology
Tunisia

 

ASIA

• Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (UNSM)
India
• Buca Municipality Kızılçullu Science and Art Center (BUCA IMSEF)
Turkey
• Dhenkanal Science Centre (NCSM)
India
• District Science Centre
India
• District Science Centre, Dharampur (NCSM)
India
• District Science Centre, Purulia (NCSM)
India
• District Science Centre, Tirunelveli (NCSM)
India
• Embassy of Costa Rica in Japan
Japan
• ESA UNGGUL University
Indonesia
• Evrensel Collage
Türkiye
• Foundation for Glocal Science Initiatives
India
• Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Panaji
India
• Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce (GNC)
India
• Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence*
Palestine
• Honorary Consulate in Istanbul*
Türkiye
• Indonesia Scientific Society*
Indonesia
• International Avicenna Research Center (IARC)
Iran
• Kurukshetra Panorama & Science Centre, Kurukshetra
India
• Kuwait Environment Protection Society
Kuwait
• Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique Et Technique Asia
Kuwait
• National Centre for Science Communicators (NCSC)
India
• National Council of Science Museums (NCSM)
India
• National Science Centre, Delhi
India
• National Science Museum, Thailand
Thailand
• Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai
India
• North Bengal Science Centre, Siliguri (NCSM)
India
• Raman Science Centre & Planetarium Nagpur (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science Centre and Planetarium Calicut (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science Centre, Bhopal (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science Centre, Guwahati (NCSM)
India
• Palampur Science Centre, Palampur (UNCS), Ministry of Culture
India
• Palampur Science Centre - NCSM, Ministry of Culture
India
• Petrosains Sdn Bhd
Malaysia
• Raman Science Centre & Planetarium Nagpur (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science Centre and Planetarium Calicut (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science Centre, Bhopal (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
India
• Regional Science Centre, Guwahati (NCSM)
India
• Regional Science City Lucknow
India
• Science City Kolkata
India
• Shrikrishna Science Centre, Patna (NCSM)
India
• Vikram Sarabhai Innovation and Research Foundation (VSCIC)
India
• Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (NCSM)
India

 

EUROPE

• All-Russian Movement of Creative Teachers "Researcher"
Russia
• Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage - Ministry of Culture, Junta de Andalucía (IAPH)
Spain
• Association of Museums and Science and Technology Centres of Spain
Spain
• British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS)
Reino Unido
• Castilla-La Mancha University (UCLM), Spain
Spain
• Catalan Association of Science Communication
Spain
• Centro de Investigação de Montanha - Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (CIMO)
Portugal
• Centre for the Study of Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF)
Spain
• Center for the Promotion of Science – Ministry of Science
Serbia
• Culture Science
Switzerland
• CYGNUS Scientific Society – UNESCO Center
Rumania
• Didactic and Interactive Museum of Science of the Vega Baja del Segura of Comunitat Valenciana Jesús Carnicer (MUDIC-VBS-CV
Spain
• Embassy of Costa Rica in France
France
• Embassy of Costa Rica in Germany
Germany
• Embassy of Costa Rica in Netherlands
Netherlands
• Embassy of Costa Rica in the Russian Federation
Russian Federation
• European Junior Academy of Sciences (EUROJAS)
Ukraine
• Lomonosov Moscow State University High School
Russia
• Malaga University. Publications and Scientific Dissemination Service (UMA)*
Spain
• Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique Et Technique Asia
Romania
• Pamplona Planetarium*
Spain
• Príncipe Felipe Research Center and Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències
Spain
• Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Spain
• The University of Warwick
United Kingdom
• University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM)
Spain

 

AMERICA

• AAXIO
Mexico
• Academic Division of Engineering and Architecture (DAIA) – Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco
Mexico
• Academic Division of Information Science and Technology – Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco
Mexico
• Argentinian Association of Science and Technology Centres and Museums (AACeMuCyT)
Argentina
• Argentine Network of Recreation in Science, Technology and Communication
Argentina
• Argentine Network of Science, Technology and Communication (Red CITECO)
Argentina
• Association “Life and Sciences”
Argentina
• Association of Amateur Astronomers of Cali (ASAFI)*
Colombia
• Association of Chemists of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• Association of Chemical Engineers and Related Professionals
Costa Rica
• Astronomical Society “Nicolás Copérnico”*
Mexico
• Atomium Science Communicators Network
Mexico
• Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH)*
Mexico
• Autonomous University of La Laguna
Mexico
• Autonomous University of La Laguna High School
Mexico
• Autonomous University of Queretaro
Mexico
• Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí
Mexico
• Autonomous University of Tamaulipas*
Mexico
• Autonomous University of Zacatecas
Mexico
• Art Museum of the Villa
Colombia
• AvanCiencia
Colombia
• Biociencia wild*
Mexico
• Biologists Doing Things
Mexico
• Biomuseo
Panama
• Brazilian Movement for Science and Learning Association
Brazil
• Cakotanú Science Magazine
Mexico
• CALIWOOD Museum of Cinematography
Colombia
• Catálisis
Ecuador
• Civil organization “Alzate y su gente”*
Mexico
• Chiapas State Secretariat of Education
Mexico
• CIENTEC Perú*
Peru
• CIENTEC Foundation
Costa Rica
• City Museums Foundation -Interactive Science Museum
Ecuador
• Clemente Stable Biological Research Institute
Uruguay
• Club Ciencias Chile Foundation
Chile
• Club JC/CUC DAIA
Mexico
• College of Engineering in Computer Technologies and Systems
Mexico
• College of Scientific and Technological Studies of the State of Tlaxcala
Mexico
• Colombian Network Seedbeds of Research
Colombia
• Colossal Science*
Mexico
• Conservation Park
Colombia
• Corporation Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity
Chile
• Corporation Maloka for Science, Technology and Innovation
Colombia
• Costa Rican Association of Members of the Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Medical Devices Industry
Costa Rica
• Costa Rican Science and Technology Olympiad (OLCOCI)
Costa Rica
• Council for Clinical Bioinformatics (CTBC)
Costa Rica
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Durango*
Mexico
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Morelos
Mexico
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Puebla
Mexico
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Querétaro
Mexico
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Tabasco
Mexico
• Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires
Argentina
• Curiosciences
Mexico
• Da Vinci Science Center
USA
• Demiurgo Interactive Cultural Forum
Mexico
• Department of Physics and Mathematics, Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi
Mexico
• Developments by Ideas Mexicanas Dimex AC
Mexico
• Directorate of Science and Technology Dissemination, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN)
Mexico
• Directorate for the Promotion of Scientific Culture - Secretariat of Science and Technology of the National University of La Plata
Argentina
• DiVU A.C.*
Mexico
• Divulgólogas*
Mexico
• Divulgare - Scientific Communication
Mexico
• DNA Learn and Discover Nature
Mexico
• EAFIT University
Colombia
• EcoExploratorio
Puerto Rico
• El Trompo, Interactive Museum of Tijuana
Mexico
• Embassy of Costa Rica in Chile
Chile
• Embassy of Costa Rica
Guatemala
• Embassy of Panama
Panama
• Enrique José Varona University of Pedagogical Sciences
Cuba
• Excelsior Institute
Mexico
• Expociencias Bajio ONG
Mexico
• ExpoCiencias Campeche
Mexico
• ExpoCiencias Coahuila
Mexico
• ExpoCiencias Guatemala / Montano College
Guatemala
• ExpoCiencias Michoacán
Mexico
• Exploratory Science Museum of Unicamp
Brazil
• eScire
Mexico
• Fibonacci • Innovation and Scientific Culture
Mexico
• Geneall - Israeli Institute of Education and Research Albert Einstein
Brasil
• General Coordination for the Promotion of Scientific Research and Innovation of the State of Sinaloa (CONFIE)
Mexico
• General Directorate of Incorporation and Revalidation of Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mexico
• General Directorate of Industrial Technology Education and Services
Mexico
• Golden Valley School*
Costa Rica
• Graphological Research Centre
Argentina
• Group: Un, 2, 3 x Newton!*
México
• Hidalgo Council of Science, Technology and Innovation (CITNOVA)
México
• High School of the Autonomous University of La Laguna*
Mexico
• IHS CATIE Inter-American Scientific School and College
Costa Rica
• I Love the Ocean
Mexico
• Imaginario Interactive Museum of Science, Technology and Society (UNGS)
Argentina
• Industrial and Service Technology High School Center (CBTis 49)
Mexico
• Interactive Museum of Water and Earth
Peru
• Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation
Mexico
• Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo León
Mexico
• Institute of Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship for Competitiveness for the state of Guanajuato (IDEA GTO)
Mexico
• Institute of Nuclear Sciences of UNAM
Mexico
• Interactive Museum El Rehilete
Mexico
• Interactive Science and Technology Center Abremate, National University of Lanus
Argentina
• Interamerican University
Peru
• Inter-American School and College of Science - IHS CATIE and EARTH Campus
Costa Rica
• Inter-American University for Development
Peru
• Inter-American University for Development
Peru
• International Council for Disruptive Science and Technology A.C.
Mexico
• Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco
Mexico
• Knowledge Communication Direction, Matropolitan Autonomous University (UAM),
Mexico
• Knowing the Soil
Mexico
• Laboratory of Polymers and Composite Materials, University of Buenos Aires
Argentina
• La Salle French Institute*
Mexico
• LAMAT Science Communication
Mexico
• Latin American University of Science and Technology
Costa Rica
• MALOKA Science Center
Colombia
• Materials Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mexico
• Mathematics Research Center A.C.
Mexico
• Mathmagic sorprendizaje*
Mexico
• Metropolitan Environmental Fund of Monterrey
Mexico
• Mexican Academy of Sciences
Mexico
• Mexican Association for the Advancement of Science (AMEXAC)
Mexico
• Mexican Cultural Centre (MCC)
Mexico
• Mexican Institute for Social Health (IMSS)
Mexico
• Mexican Network of Science Recreation Workshops
Mexico
• Mexican Network of Science Workshop
Mexico
• Mexican Society for the Communication of Science and Technology
Mexico
• Mexican Physical Society
Mexico
• Michoacan Lyceum
Mexico
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Costa Rica
• Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications
Costa Rica
• Morelos Science Museum
Mexico
• Museum of Astronomy and Allied Sciences
Brazil
• Museum of Physics
Argentina
• Museum of Light, UNAM
Mexico
• Museum of Natural History and Environmental Culture
Mexico
• Museum of the Birds of Mexico
Mexico
• Nacional College E.M.D. Asunción Escalada
Uruguay
• Nanocelia
Costa Rica
• National Academy of Sciences Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• National Association for Science and Research
Mexico
• National Council of [University] Rectors (CONARE)
Costa Rica
• National Council for Science and Technology
Peru
• National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)
Brazil
• National Council for Scientific and Technological Development
Brazil
• National Council for Scientific and Technological Research
Costa Rica
• National Council of Rectors
Costa Rica
• National Group of Omniscience Scientific Communication
Mexico
• National High Technology Center (CENAT)
Costa Rica
• National Informal STEM Education Network
USA
• National Institute of Public Communication of Science and Technology
Brazil
• National Laboratory of Nanotechnology
Costa Rica
• National Network of State Science and Technology Councils and Institutions A.C. (REDNACECYT)
Mexico
• National Polytechnic Institute
Mexico
• National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
United States
• National School of Higher Studies Campus Morelia, UNAM
Mexico
• National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation
Panama
• National Technological Institute of Mexico - Campus Ciudad Jiménez
Mexico
• National University of Distance Education
Costa Rica
• Natural History Museum of the Merida City Council
Mexico
• Network CITECO
Argentina
• New World, Science Popularization Program, National University of La Plata
Argentina
• Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Society
Mexico
• Northeast Fair of Science and Technology
Brazil
• Northern Mexico Science Communication Network
Mexico
• Northwest Biological Research Center Science PACE - CIBNOR
Mexico
• Oaxacan Council of Science, Technology and Innovation
Mexico
• Oriastro
Mexico
• Outstanding Aptitudes Program of Campeche
Mexico
• Papagayo Interactive Museum
Mexico
• Pilares CDMX
Mexico
• Polytechnic University of Baja California
Mexico
• Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla
Mexico
• Pro-Secretariat of Academic Coordination, National University of La Plata
Argentina
• Quantum CuaT´s
Mexico
• Research Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy - Galileo University
Guatemala
• Roboia
Mexico
• ROBOTRIM
Mexico
• Science and Engineering Popularization Science Collective (CODECI)
Mexico
• Science Faculty of National Autonomous University of Mexico*
Mexico
• Science in a Click
Mexico
• Science popularization magazine PaCiencia Pa´Todos, UNAM
Mexico
• Science through Theatre Association
Mexico
• Secretariat of Education of the State of Chiapas
Mexico
• San José College - Research Center
Paraguay
• Sinaloa Science Center
Mexico
• School of Biology, University of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• School of Chemistry, National University
Costa Rica
• Science in one click
Mexico
• Science Museum of the Autonomous University of Zacatecas
Mexico
• Scientific Society “Francisco Javier Estrada”
Mexico
• Secretary of Gender Equality of the State of Chiapas
Mexico
• Society of High Educational and Professional Performance
Ecuador
• Solydeus Foundation
Argentina
• South Californian Council of Science and Technology
Mexico
• Standing Committee on Medical Publications of the Mexican Association of Physicians in Training, A.C.
Mexico
• State Council of Science and Technology of Colima (CECYTCOL)
Mexico
• Tamaulipeco Council of Science and Technology
Mexico
• TEC*
Costa Rica
• Technological Institute and Higher Studies of the West
Mexico
• Technological Institute of Colima
Mexico
• Technological Institute of Mexico - Campus Colima
Mexico
• Technological Institute of Sinaloa
Mexico
• Technological University of Jalisco (UTJ)*
Mexico
• Tell me the science*
Mexico
• UbicuosLab*
Mexico
• Universidad Veracruzana
Mexico
• University Cesar Vallejo (UVC)*
Perú
• University Interamerican
Peru
• University of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• Vagabond Laboratory
Mexico
• Youth Science and Technology Activities National Network
Mexico
• Young Science Foundation
Argentina
• Young Science Foundation
Uruguay
• Young Scientists for Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
• Young Entrepreneurs of Hidalgo
Mexico
• Youth Science and Technology Activities National Network
Mexico
• Youth Scientific Society
Mexico
• Zacatecan Council of Science, Technology and Innovation
Mexico
• Zamá School Centre
Mexico
*Collaborating institutions

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