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International Day of Scientific Culture

International Day of Scientific Culture

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.

In the midst of a global pandemic – as well as ongoing challenges such as climate change, energy demands, and sustainable 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.

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 by the institution individually, by institutions working together within a country, or by institutions working together across countries. The list of organizations 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 “Downloads” 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, which answers one of these 3 questions below, or a similar one:

  • I support science communication because...
  • Scientific culture is important because...
  • Scientific culture is...

Post these videos on the website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube channels or other social networks, between the night of September 27 and the morning of September 28, accompanying the video using the hashtag #DíaCulturaCientífica and #ScienceCultureDay

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. The report of the IDSC 2021 celebration can be consulted in October 2021 in the section “Activities throughout the world”.

GRAPHIC AND COMMUNICATION MATERIALS (FOR DOWNLOAD)

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Logo typography "Coolvetica" (.zip, 293 KB)

ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD (CALENDAR)

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.

Estimated publication date: First week of September.

You can check out some of the activities carried out in 2020 in the “IDSC 2020” section.

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.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

• Association “Life and Sciences”
Internacional
• Association of Chemical Engineers and Related Professionals
Internacional
• Ibero-American Science Organization
Internacional
• International Life Sciences Institute (Mesoamerica)
Internacional
• Latin American Society of Science and Technology
Internacional
• Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique Et Technique
Internacional

AFRICA

• Association des Petits Débrouillards de Fès pour le développement durable
Morocco
• EYE-Namibia
Namibia
• Imbewu Science Foundation
South
• National Algerian Association of Small Debrouillards
Algeria
• Science&Development
Morocco
• The Tunisian Association For The Future of Sciences and Technology
Tunisia

ASIA

• Foundation for Glocal Science Initiatives
India
• Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce (GNC)
India
• 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 Museum, Thailand
Thailand

EUROPA

• All-Russian Movement of Creative Teachers "Researcher"
Russia
• British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS)
Reino Unido
• Buca Municipality Kızılçullu Science and Art Center (BUCA IMSEF)
Turkey
• Centro de Investigação de Montanha - Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (CIMO)
Portugal
• CYGNUS Scientific Society – UNESCO Center
Rumania
• European Junior Academy of Sciences (EUROJAS)
Ukraine
• Lomonosov Moscow State University High School
Russia
• Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology
Spain

AMERICA

• Argentine Network of Recreation in Science, Technology and Communication
Argentina
• Argentine Network of Science, Technology and Communication (Red CITECO)
Argentina
• Association of Chemists of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• AXIO
Mexico
• Biomuseo
Panama
• Brazilian Movement for Science and Learning Association
Brazil
• Chiapas State Secretariat of Education
Mexico
• CIENTEC Foundation
Costa Rica
• 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
• Corporation Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity
Chile
• Costa Rican Association of Members of the Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Medical Devices Industry
Costa Rica
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Puebla
Mexico
• Council of Science and Technology of the State of Tabasco
Mexico
• Directorate of Research and Technologies in Health, Ministry of Health
Costa Rica
• EAFIT University
Colombia
• EcoExploratorio
Puerto Rico
• El Trompo, Interactive Museum of Tijuana
Mexico
• Excelsior Institute
Mexico
• Exploratory Science Museum of Unicamp
Brazil
• Expociencias Bajio ONG
Mexico
• ExpoCiencias Campeche
Mexico
• ExpoCiencias Guatemala / Montano College
Guatemala
• ExpoCiencias Michoacán
Mexico
• Fibonacci • Innovation and Scientific Culture
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
• IHS CATIE Inter-American Scientific School and College
Costa Rica
• Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo León
Mexico
• Inter-American University for Development
Peru
• Interamerican University
Peru
• Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco
Mexico
• Laboratory of Polymers and Composite Materials, University of Buenos Aires
Argentina
• Latin American University of Science and Technology
Costa Rica
• Metropolitan Environmental Fund of Monterrey
Mexico
• Mexican Network of Science Recreation Workshops
Mexico
• Mexican Society for the Communication of Science and Technology
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 Light, UNAM
Mexico
• Nacional College E.M.D. Asunción Escalada
Uruguay
• Nanocelia
Costa Rica
• National Academy of Sciences Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• National Council for Science and Technology
Peru
• National Council for Scientific and Technological Development
Brazil
• National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)
Brazil
• National Council for Scientific and Technological Research
Costa Rica
• National Council of Rectors
Costa Rica
• National High Technology Center
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 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
• Network CITECO
Argentina
• Northeast Fair of Science and Technology
Brazil
• Northwest Biological Research Center Science PACE - CIBNOR
Mexico
• Oaxacan Council of Science, Technology and Innovation
Mexico
• Outstanding Aptitudes Program of Campeche
Mexico
• Polytechnic University of Baja California
Mexico
• Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla
Mexico
• Roboia
Mexico
• ROBOTRIM
Mexico
• San José College - Research Center
Paraguay
• School of Biology, University of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• School of Chemistry, National University
Costa Rica
• 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
• Tamaulipeco Council of Science and Technology
Mexico
• Technological Institute of Sinaloa
Mexico
• Universidad Veracruzana
Mexico
• University of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
• Young Entrepreneurs of Hidalgo
Mexico
• Young Science Foundation
Argentina and Paraguay
• Youth Science and Technology Activities National Network
Mexico
• Zamá School Centre
Mexico

CONTACT

International Day of Scientific Culture

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