Programme Schedule

14:00 Pre-conference CEO Meeting
16:00 End of Meeting
09:00 Official Opening
09:30 Keynote Speech 1
Open Science and Impact Innovation to Explore and Protect the Ocean
11:00 Break
11:30 Plenary Session 1
Museum Challenges Under Pandemic
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Plenary Session 2
Ways to Reach New Audiences
15:30 Break
16:00 Plenary Session 3
Responses to Global Issues
17:30 End of Day 1
09:00 Plenary Session 4
New Partnerships and New Opportunities
10:45 Break
11:00 Plenary Session 5
How Do Technologies Reshape Science Centres/Museums
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Marketing Session on Travelling Exhibitions
14:30 Break
15:00 Keynote Speech 2
Artificial Intelligence and Cross-disciplinary Art in Reimagining Oriental Aesthetics
16:30 Closing Ceremony
17:00 End of the Conference

All times indicated are Hong Kong Time (UTC +8). The programme is subject to change without prior notice.


Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speech 1

Open Science and Impact Innovation to Explore and Protect the Ocean

Cesar Jung-Harada
Director of MakerBay and Scoutbots, and Senior Lecturer of the Department of Architecture,
University of Hong Kong
Biography Synopsis
Cesar Jung-Harada is a French-Japanese inventor, environmentalist, entrepreneur and educator living in Hong Kong. He is interested in ocean exploration and conservation technology, citizen science, design, art, inclusive education and social entrepreneurship. He is the Director of MakerBay, Scoutbots, and Senior Lecturer in Design and Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He is multiple times TED speaker and TED Senior Fellow, used to work at MIT as Researcher and Project Leader. He holds a Masters in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Arts (UK), and sailed around the world in 2013-2014.
Global Warming is undoubtedly the greatest challenge of our generation. With it, will come large scale weather changes, biodiversity loss, agriculture disruption, public health crisis and the disappearance of entire countries and coastline communities due to sea-level rise. In this context, it is easy to lose hope and feel powerless, when each of us contributes to the problems. In this presentation, Cesar Jung-Harada will share how working with Open Science, Open Hardware and engaging with community building and education offers one path to accelerate positive changes, and accounting for individual contributions. Cesar will focus on maritime innovation and its potential in Hong Kong to make a meaningful contribution.

Keynote Speech 2

Artificial Intelligence and Cross-disciplinary Art in Reimagining Oriental Aesthetics

Victor Wong
Hong Kong Renowned Cross-disciplinary Artist, Visual Effects Director and Founder of
vfxNova Digital Productions Limited
Biography Synopsis
Graduated from the Faculty of Electronic Engineering at Washington University in 1989, Victor Wong is a renowned cross-disciplinary artist and visual effects director. In 2018, he pioneered the combination of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and art by creating the world's first artificial intelligence ink painting artist "A.I. Gemini". The robot artist's "tech-ink" defines a new movement in Chinese ink art wherein a robot arm is manipulated to hold and dip a brush in ink through computer programming and deep learning techniques. Victor is also the founder of vfxNova Digital Productions Limited, and has designed and created special effects for over 100 Chinese and Western films, including Iron Man, Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, Men in Black 3, etc. Many of his productions have won accolades in the Hong Kong Film Awards, Golden Horse Awards and other international advertising awards. In addition, he was selected as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong” in 2005.
From visual effects in films, tech-ink animations to 3D interactive ink-based art installations, Victor Wong has been establishing new art forms in cross-disciplinary art by intertwining art and technology to create groundbreaking oriental aesthetics. The A.I. Gemini he created breaks convention by demonstrating a unique ink painting style that cannot be easily imitated by human hands using computer programming and artificial intelligence, and further spearheads the art community to discover new possibilities in art creations. In this keynote speech, Victor will share how his experience in creating film visual effects inspires him to explore new horizons in innovation and technology, and delve into the connections between artificial intelligence, art and creativity.

Plenary Sessions

Session 1: Museum Challenges Under Pandemic

Mrs. Beren Yılmaz
Bursa Science and Technology Centre, Turkey
Difficulties Experienced By Museums/Science Centres During Pandemic Synopsis
Science centres are interactive education institutions where visitors touch exhibit pieces, interact and explore on their own. Due to the pandemic, the whole world transformed its practices to online alternatives. Online practices are feasible for some applications but not for others. Remote teaching is one of the fields which don't quite work, because learners need eye contact, active discussion and practice. Workshops, science shows, exhibits were all vital components of the science centres. Online teaching can hardly offer any tactile feedback or practice. This is one of the fundamental difficulties experienced by science centres. We are going to share our difficulties experienced during the pandemic.
Ms. Kate Driver
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, Australia
Forging Forward, Not Going Back – Some Lessons Learned on Resilience, Risk and Creativity From Our COVID Reality in 2021 Synopsis
Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre in Australia has closed (and reopened) twice for two extended periods during the COVID Pandemic. During that time, we have developed new skills, learned a lot about resilience and how to think about, and speak about risk. Most of all, we have learned a lot about ourselves and what we might offer audiences in future. The ongoing focus on creativity has been our light on the horizon, guiding us at all times, and as the world approaches the end of the second year of the COVID Pandemic never before has creativity, imagination and resilience been so important for our own staff and volunteers, but also our visitors. Kate Driver, the Deputy Director and General Manager of Operations for Questacon will share some reflections on the journey so far, and most importantly the lessons that 2021 have taught us about what our path in 2022 might look like.
Mr. Saiful Bahri Baharom
Petrosains Discovery Centre, Malaysia
Ensuring Business Continuity and Future Sustainability Under the New Norm Synopsis

For 50 years, Science Centres around the world has been using the hands-on, interactive and visitor immersive experiences in engaging the public. It has been the main ‘selling point’ within the industry to communicate and stimulate the learning of STEM. With COVID-19, this approach has posed a major challenge for Science Centres as it requires following strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), taking uncertain level of risk, and facing diverse audience perception of the pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, Petrosains has approached the situation by focusing on 3 initiatives:

  • Activate the Business Continuity Plan to ensure business still continue
  • Strategise re-opening arrangements to ensure preparedness to resume operations
  • Pivot plans and explore new ways of engaging audiences under the new norm, such as using digital, putting in place cost optimisation efforts and exploring new revenue generation options.

In this presentation Petrosains will share the steps taken in facing the pandemic and how we explored the various strategies and options to ensure sustainability in operating under the new norm.

Ms. Rebekah Collins
Queensland Museum, Australia
Re-examination of the Key Lessons in Adapting Interactive Experiences for a COVID-Safe Museum 16 Months After Reopening Synopsis
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced museum communities around the world to rapidly re-examine their approach to safe visitor engagement. In an atmosphere of uncertainty, increased attention to hygiene and social distancing, this presentation will provide a reflection on changing operations over the 16 months since reopening by SparkLab, Sciencentre at Queensland Museum, Australia. It will highlight the key lessons learnt and strategies adopted, as they continue to reshape and reassess their approach to safe hands-on visitor engagement and learning in the new rapidly evolving COVID landscape.
Ms. Maria Isabel Garcia
The Mind Museum, Philippines
Lasting Lessons of Leadership From the Crisis Synopsis
Did the crisis make or break the "old" leader in you? Whatever your role is in the organisation, you do lead. Did the ways of leading you knew before help you and your organisation during the crisis? Or did you have to completely change the way you lead in order to survive it? What was it about the crisis that could serve as wake-up calls to all kinds of leaders? These are some of the leadership questions that we seriously need to tackle in order to pivot our organisations to respond to the most pressing issues of our time, not only within our organisations, but also to contribute to solutions in the national and global context. This presentation will try to mine insights from our various crisis experiences that could help shape the better leader in all of us.

Session 2: Ways to Reach New Audiences

Ms. Jin Hee Lee
Busan National Science Museum, Republic of Korea
Special Competition Program as a Contact-Free Exhibition During the COVID-19 Pandemic Synopsis
Project Title: “I am the Best!” By controlling the colour of the LED with the source coded by the participants, the plants of each participant were grown in the science museum, and the growth of plants could be observed through YouTube streaming, allowing them to investigate scientific knowledge about light and plant growth. And they could be finally evaluated as a result of plant observation log.
Mrs. Yujuan Yang
Guangdong Science Centre, China
Practices to Reach New Audiences in Guangdong Science Centre Synopsis
Science centres/museums are facing new challenges under the pandemic, while new technologies empowers science centres/museums to reach to a broader scope of audiences besides on-site visitors. Since its reopening in May 2020, Guangdong Science Centre is on the road of seeking new measures to reach new audiences both online and on-site based on audience research result.
Mr. Brian Ho Yeung Ip
Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong
Bringing Potential New Audiences Together With Edutainment Synopsis
Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic urged us to search ways to sustain museum services to the public. Museums and other offices under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government have been working to engage the public on our Edutainment Channel, an online cultural hub that attracts audiences of different background through various online materials and interactive experiences. The presentation focuses on the joint effort we spent to reach out to new audiences as a cultural hub on an online platform.
Mrs. Ismaliza Ismail, Mr. Rahim Hashim
Petrosains Discovery Centre, Malaysia
Attractions 360; Elevating the User Experience Synopsis
Due to the prolong pandemic, the travel ban and restrictions by the Government, there's only so little that the science centre can do to stay connected and engaged with the public. While the physical centre is closed to public, the interaction and learning happens on digital platform are very limited and often has challenges on its own as well. Thus, the idea to enable a virtual visit to the science centre came about, the 360 virtual experience which allows user to visit the science centre from any part of the world, at any time that they want, and repeat the visits as much as they want. The Petrosains Immersive Experience & Learning or in short PIXEL has enabled the above vision.
Mr. Pecier Decierdo, Ms. Mikee Estorga
The Mind Museum, Philippines
Science Museum on TV! Synopsis
During regular operations, The Mind Museum has welcomed a very diverse set of audiences. Because of the pandemic, the museum had to pivot from face-to-face communication to online and TV. This means an even wider reach to a more diverse audience, without the benefit of immediate feedback. In this talk, we will discuss how we enlisted the crafts of writing and acting to face the challenges of pivoting to communicating science via broadcast media.

Session 3: Responses to Global Issues

Dr. Graham Walker
Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), Australian National University, Australia
Climate Connections – Hands-On and Participant Driven Climate Communication Synopsis
Climate change is amongst humanity's greatest challenges - it's scientific, social and geopolitical dimensions make it especially complex in communication and educational contexts. This talk will share experiences in: (1) designing and delivering two hands-on climate workshops delivered remotely by Australian science communicators to teachers and informal educators in the Pacific; (2) a critical review of workshop resources based on climate communication and education research – including findings to improve them, and (3) workshops to further empower Pacific youth to communicate climate change via short videos and their outputs. The talk will give insights into how science centres can best use hands-on methods to both communicate climate science and the wider social/cultural context, apply findings from the research literature in their programs, and add deeper audience-driven participatory elements that provide people greater autonomy and freedom to tell their own climate change stories. The talk will conclude with an invitation for collaborators to deliver the workshops in their centres and regions, adapt and add to them based on their context, and participate in a team research project.
Mrs. Chao Gao
China Science and Technology Museum, China
The Practices of Digitalised Science Popularisation in CSTM Synopsis
The current pandemic situation is still at a high level and the spread of virus mutations is accelerating, which brings about great challenges to the future development of science and technology museums. For this reason, sci-tech museums around the world have begun to attach importance to the practices of digitalised science popularisation. CSTM, on the one hand, has adopted effective epidemic prevention & control measures to ensure the smooth operation of museum entity, while on the other hand, it actively utilises digitalised methods to provide the public with popular science services through the adoption of diversified forms such as "Cloud classroom", "Cloud lecture hall", "Cloud exhibition" and "Cloud events", hoping to provide referential experiences for the operation of Sci-Tech venues in the context of regular epidemic prevention & control.
Prof. Graham Durant
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, Australia
Developing an Asia-Pacific Community of Practice for Citizen Science Synopsis
Planetary scale challenges cannot be addressed without full public engagement and citizen science represents a way to turn concerned citizens into active participants. Citizen science can add much needed data to accelerate science, technology and innovation through public participation in real world problems. At the recent inaugural UN Science Policy Business Forum it was recognised that there is a need and opportunity to develop an Asia-Pacific community of practice for citizen science as part of a global alliance. ASPAC science centres and museums can play an important role in this endeavor and help develop regional projects of significance.
Mr. Eugene Wambeck
Science Centre Singapore, Singapore
Never Enough - Our Energy Story Synopsis
Humanity's progress is inextricably linked to energy. The story of how we produce and consume energy is glocal; both local and global. The great strides in advancing our societies, the cities we live in, have come at significant cost. In Singapore, this energy dilemma is felt even more. Our small city state is bereft of natural resources, yet the push to continue to be a technological hub, a smart nation is of existential importance. How do we communicate this, and involve the next generation in dialogue? Well, we built a thing, the Energy Story Exhibition as a start. We did so through public private partnership. This is our Energy Story!
Miss Mee Lin Khoo
Seria Energy Lab, Brunei
Moving Towards the 3Es - Energy, Education and Equality Synopsis
The United Nations has specified key issues which require our attention and immediate action. Some of the issues covered in this presentation are quality education, climate action, and that is just to name a few. With this brief presentation, I hope to shed a light into the actions taken by the government of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and Seria Energy Lab (SEL) to bring about a change and to tackle the global issues at hand. Our initiatives range from government policies and all the way down to a science show, in hopes to educate the youth and also the general public.

Session 4: New Partnerships and New Opportunities

Dr. Chisa Mitsuhashi
Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Japan
Possibilities of Science Communication Expansion Through Collaboration Amongst Researchers Synopsis
We have begun various activities for the Miraikan Vision 2030, which is “At Miraikan, together with you, we “Open the Future””. A key step is to collaborate with researchers who work at a research labs located within Miraikan. We hold events using devices under development, and Miraikan's Science Communicators (SCs) connect to each researcher. This greatly expands science communication, that in turn, further develops Miraikan into a collaborative hub.
Dr. Nelson C. C. Chen
National Science and Technology Museum, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
A Mutual Collaboration of International Science-Based Outing Tours Among ASPAC Members Synopsis
Before the pandemic, the National Science and Technology Museum (NSTM) has expanded its educational service to the international level by organising Science-Based Outing Tours (SBOT). A so-called Edutainment program, embedded with tour and education, was launched since 2017. More than one hundred participants and couples of collaborative partners under the ASPAC framework have taken part in this newly-initiated reciprocal program. In addition, MOUs have been signed to ensure that bilateral collaborations will proceed as promised. The NSTM is looking for more and more partners from ASPAC to join this SBOT program internationally.
Dr. Wilasinee Triyarat
National Science Museum, Thailand
Raising Public Awareness Through Lens: River and Ocean, Connecting Water to Life Synopsis
“River and Ocean, Connecting Water to Life” is the International Photo Competition 2021. Today, the world needs to promote conservation and sustainable use of water resources, calling everybody to be responsible for their part. Therefore, this competition aims to spark nature conservation mindset among people and to raise more public awareness of the essence of the true beauty of sustainable nature and water resources. The competition is open to international individuals to portray the beautiful relationships between river, ocean, and human life through photography and accompanying title, as well as description. This contest was a great opportunity to learn about and exchange relationships between nature and living organisms among countries. In this event, we received more than 350 photos from photographers around the world.
Dr. Bobby Cerini
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, Australia
Preparing for Lift-Off. Insights and Observations From the New Australian Space Discovery Centre Project Synopsis
In early 2021 Questacon partnered with the Australian Space Agency to successfully create and open Australia's newest hands-on science experience - the Australian Space Discovery Centre. This presentation will share stories and lessons from the project, reveal how 200+ partner organisations came to be involved, and provide ASPAC members with a sneak preview of some of the new experiences and opportunities on offer.
Dr. Xian Song
Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, China
Hand in Hand with New Partnerships to Seek Further Development Synopsis
After the pandemic, how can Shanghai Science & Technology Museum (SSTM) respond to the problems with breakthrough solutions becomes more urgent. And SSTM will unite two branches that include Shanghai Museum of Natural History and Shanghai Astronomy Museum, to carry out some distinctive and innovated activities. It is no doubt that the pandemic brings not only challenges but also opportunities. Therefore, science museums should try to find new partnerships and explore new ways for promotion and popularisation of science resources.
Ms. Maren Krumdieck
Science Museum, London, United Kingdom
Content and Exhibition Collaborations as Temporary Programme Highlights Synopsis
Science is an international endeavour, and we all aim to tell global stories. We learn and develop as an organisation, and as a sector through exchange with peers, supporters, and other partners. In this presentation we will share an insight into exciting partnership projects the Museum has recently been involved in and is currently working on, our lessons learnt and how you can get involved.

Session 5: How Do Technologies Reshape Science Centres/Museums

Mrs. Özlem İnan Yosun, Mrs. Elvan Şen Yılmaz
Bursa Science and Technology Centre, Turkey
Social Media as a Teaching Tool for Science Communication Synopsis
21st century is the era of communication. Innovations in information technologies are redefining personal, cultural and educational interactions. Information technologies are becoming the medium for expression. In this sense, social media has a defining role. Bursa Science Centre envisions to provide learning experiences through family activities which resulted in quality science communication, and public awareness and understanding of science. 15 workshops and online meetings were organised for academics and the public to get together through social media platforms. Also family activities were studied to better understand the interactions of family members during learning.
Dr. Ximing Pan
China Science and Technology Museum, China
Face Up to the Power of New Media Synopsis
New media has become an important technology to change human lifestyle. What people see, hear and feel are affected by new media. The shaping of science and technology museums by new media is no exception. On the one hand, many changes have taken place in the audience demand in the new media era, which drives the science and technology museum to make corresponding adjustments and changes. On the other hand, the science and technology museum can also use new media as a new way to popularise scientific knowledge and serve more audiences. By means of new media, expand the popularisation of science to the greatest extent.
Miss Gloria Wing Shan Cheung
Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong
Use of Technologies to Combat Challenges in Renovation of Space Theatre During the COVID-19 Pandemic Synopsis
After a 14-month closure for its largest ever renovation, the Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum reopened as scheduled on 1st July, 2021. The predominant part of the project is the replacement of the 23-metre-diameter dome screen with new dome panels utilising the latest NanoSeam technology. Replacing all sorts of equipment on the existing dome structure was onerous in its own right, and conducting the project during a pandemic that threw the whole world in disarray had made it all the more challenging. This presentation will share the experience on how technologies could facilitate project management and collaboration so as to ensure timely project delivery in times of turmoil.
Dr. Hironobu Takagi
Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Japan
Technologies Realise Inclusive Cityscape of the Future Synopsis
A future society that “leaves no one behind,” including the people with disabilities and senior citizens, should be realised through new science and technology. Miraikan aims to enable an “inclusive cityscape of the future” at the museum that visitors can experience. Miraikan Vision 2030 was launched with such a concept, followed by practical activities, with the development of technologies such as a navigation robot to support the visually impaired, and a tour with a real-time subtitle system for the hearing impaired. This presentation will introduce these activities and provide an opportunity to consider the role of science centres/museums to realise an inclusive future society.
Ms. Sireepus Koypokaisawan, Dr. Papitchaya Teawkul
National Science Museum, Thailand
Rama 9 Virtual Museum: Redefining the Museum Experience for the Digital Age Synopsis
The Rama 9 Museum is a part of the National Science Museum, Thailand (NSM) that recently opened to the public. Unfortunately, not long after the opening, the museum must be closed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. To stay alive during the COVID-19 crisis, the virtual museum of the Rama 9 Museum has been developed by using online technology which are applied for blending the education and entertainment with enhancing the visitor experiences.

Marketing Session on Travelling Exhibitions

Ms. Maren Krumdieck
Science Museum, London, United Kingdom
London's Science Museum Exhibition Programme Available in Asia Synopsis
London's Science Museum is proud to introduce its latest exhibition projects from a truly blockbuster exhibition merging science and popular culture touring from late 2023 and contemporary science content that in true spirit of the conference theme of revealing new horizons after a crisis provides an insight into today's world and important topics demonstrating how science is more than ever relevant to visitors' lives.
Mr. Troy Rainville
Science North, Canada
Touring Exhibitions and Experiences by Science North Synopsis
Science North operates Canada's second and eighth largest science centres and for over 30 years, Science North has also been one of the world's leading creators of award-winning, high impact visitor experiences for people of all ages. Their multidimensional experience designing, developing, operating and evaluating high quality educational visitor experiences gives them unique insights into the institutional implications of interpretive planning and design decisions. Science North knows what it takes to attract visitors and capture their attention with worthwhile, meaningful and fun experiences. They also know how to design these experiences to compliment operational goals such as visitor flow, timing and scheduling. We have partnered on projects with the likes of Ripley Entertainment, Guinness World Records, Smithsonian, Canadian Museum of Nature and Kingsmen amongst many others.
Ms. Heather Farnworth
Ontario Science Centre, Canada
Touring Exhibitions From the Ontario Science Centre, Canada Synopsis
The Ontario Science Centre has been developing, fabricating and touring travelling exhibitions internationally for over 35 years. The Ontario Science Centre's International Sales Department establishes relationships and partnerships with science centres and museums around the world to market our products and services. Our most recent travelling exhibition, MindWorks, establishes a rich backdrop for 21st century learning. The exhibits directly engage participants in problem solving, using their working memory, critical thinking, self-directed learning, self-regulation, and mindfulness of their emotions, thoughts, and choices. A guided meditation within the exhibition has been particularly celebrated as a mechanism to introduce a valuable coping skill.
Mr. Mikko Myllykoski
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
Two New Touring Exhibitions From Heureka as Human Response to Impacts of Climate Change Synopsis
Two recent touring exhibitions from Heureka – Facing Disaster and Wild Wild Wood are both linked to the issue of climate change. Wild Wild Wood is an invitation to discover and interact with the good properties of massive wood: a renewable source material to build sustainable societies. Facing Disaster is an exhibition on societal resilience in the times of increasing natural catastrophes – or are they all that natural? The exhibition marries immersive projected art spaces of nature’s strongest forces with genuine human interaction when help is needed and provided.