Technopolis is the only science centre in Flanders, but definitely not the only one in the world. There are more than 3000 science centres, and the number continues to grow.
The first science centres opened their doors in the United States and Canada in the 1960s. In the 1980s and '90s the concept spread across the whole world. The science centres joined together to form a number of networks:
• ASPAC Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres, Singapore
• ASTC Association of Science-Technology Centers, Washington
Ecsite European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Brussels
• Names North Africa and Middle East Science centers network, Alexandria
• RedPop Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, Rio de Janeiro
• SAASTEC South African Association of Science and Technology Centres, Cape Town
Since 25 February 2000, Flanders has also had a science centre: Technopolis - The Flemish Science Centre. Visitors (re)discover the world around them based on the philosophy: 'I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.' Seeing, hearing, feeling and especially experimenting in person - that is what Technopolis is all about.