Activities - Three Pillars
1. Science Communication - Disseminating information about cutting edge science and technology and developing methods for communication
Miraikan highlights cutting-edge science and technology as "new knowledge and innovation" through various methods, such as permanent and special exhibitions, talk sessions, experimental classes, on the web, through publications, and videos. To arouse the interest of the general public, Miraikan is developing methods of expression and communication to present the information in an easy-to-understand manner.
Miraikan's approach to scientific themes
Miraikan's Science Communication activity captures cutting-edge science and technology from the broad perspectives.
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2. Fostering personnel - Development of Science Communicators
Miraikan trains Science Communicators internally and externally through a unique human development system based on practical science communication activities. At Miraikan, Science Communicators are appointed on a fixed-term system for a maximum of five years. During their terms as Science Communicators, they engage in science communication activities, including providing explanations of exhibits on the exhibition floor, and planning events and exhibitions. At the end of their terms, armed with their experience as Science Communicators, these knowledgeable personnel take up jobs in research institutes, universities, science museums and other museums, corporations, and educational institutions. They also provide training for people who require knowhow in the area of science communication.
Miraikan's Science Communicators
3. Creating connections - A network with eight stakeholders
This network includes researchers, engineers, the media, volunteers, Member's Club, museum visitors, government offices, schools, science museums in Japan and around the world, and industries. Miraikan views these relationships as multi-dimensional linking Miraikan's activities to all society, and continues to strengthen its connections with these eight stakeholders. Miraikan approaches these people and organizations and engages with them in its projects and activities. Through such engagement, Miraikan creates links between cutting edge science and technology and the general public.
Miraikan has established a Corporate Membership system aimed at revitalizing communication between society, and science and technology, by building cooperative relationships between Miraikan and industries that have strong ties with society.
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Collaborations with science museums and other museums
Miraikan serves as the secretariat of the Japan Science Museum Association (JASMA), and is actively engaged in efforts to share useful information on activities of science museums, and to promote exchanges among science museum staff.
Science Centre World Summit (SCWS)
The Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) is a global meeting of professionals of science centres/museums and their networks from around the world.
The SCWS2017 will be hosted by Miraikan representing countries in the Asia and Pacific region.
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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement on mutual cooperation of academic research and educational research. Miraikan has concluded MOU with science museums, universities and research institutes in Japan and overseas. Based on these MOU, it carries out activities that include the exchange of information and human resources, as well as the joint organization of events.