August 24, 2012 Guest

Guest : The Miraikan welcomed Dr. Choi Eunchul, Director General of Gwacheon National Science Museum, located in the suburbs of Seoul, South Korea. Since its establishment in November 2008, Gwacheon National Science Museum has continued to provide citizens with opportunities to learn about science, in areas ranging from advanced technology to fundamental and traditional sciences.

The Miraikan welcomed Dr. Choi Eunchul, Director General of  Gwacheon National Science Museum, located in the suburbs of Seoul, South Korea. Since its establishment in November 2008, Gwacheon National Science Museum has continued to provide citizens with opportunities to learn about science, in areas ranging from advanced technology to fundamental and traditional sciences.

In his talk with Dr. Mamoru Mohri, Chief Executive Director of Miraikan, Dr. Choi exchanged views with Dr. Mohri on partnership proposals for the two museums. Their talks focused on the development of programs that contribute to the gaining of new perspectives through promoting staff cooperation on both the dispatching and receiving sides by way of the exchange of human resources, and the cooperation between the museums through the sharing of know-how on exhibition contents and demonstration workshops. The discussion was a lively one that continued until the allocated time for the meeting was exhausted.

At Geo-Scope, one of the exhibits under the "TSUNAGARI" project, Dr. Choi viewed a forest fire on a global scale, and the sight of him musing on the connections between human beings and the Earth left a deep impression. He also commented that he would very much like to exhibit the contents of the Geo-Scope exhibition in Gwacheon National Science Museum.

The annual ASPAC conference, which brings together science museums from the Asia Pacific region, will be held in Korea in May 2013. A large number of staff from the Miraikan is scheduled to participate in the conference. The collaboration of the two museums is anticipated to further contribute to science communication, which is the social role of science museums. We look forward to an exciting annual conference.

(Science Communicator: Tomonori Hayakawa)

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