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Umbrella organisations

Technopolis is a member of numerous professional umbrella organisations in the science centre sector.

Technopolis is a member of numerous professional umbrella organisations.

  • ASTC stands for ‘The Association of Science-Technology Centers’. This is a worldwide umbrella organisation of science centres with almost 600 members in more than 40 countries around the world. Among them, there are not only science centres but also science museums and similar organisations. Technopolis has been a 'governing member' since 2001 and was a director of ASTC for 7 years. Erik Jacquemyn, managing director of Technopolis, was a member of the Board of Directors of ASTC (2003 – 2011) and a member of its Executive Committee (2009 - 2011). Since 2011 he has been a member of the Global Committee, which looks after diversity in the area of international relations and activities.
  • Ecsite stands for “The European Network of Science Centres and Museums”. This network has more than 370 members. Technopolis is a 'full member' of the association. Erik Jacquemyn, managing director of Technopolis, was on the Board of Directors until 2013.
  • The Vereniging van Science Centra is an association of science centres in the Netherlands and Flanders. This association was established in order to promote cooperation among science centres from the same linguistic area. Technopolis is an active member of this association.
  • EUSEA stands for "European Science Events Association" and was established at the end of 2001 by 52 professional scientific communicators of 90 organisations from 36 European countries, including Technopolis. The aim of this organisation is to improve cross-border communication and exchange of information about events, speakers and exhibitions.


Membership of these organisations promotes cooperation among the various science centres worldwide, facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience, and the sharing of new developments. Representatives of the science centre world meet regularly at events, conferences, congresses, etc., that are held around the world.

Mechelen Declaration

At the first Science Centre World Summit in 2014, organised by and at Technopolis, the Mechelen Declaration was signed. In this action plan, the science centre sector made a series of commitments with its partners to undertake concrete action in the future. The Mechelen Declaration builds further on the results of the world congresses in 2008 and 2012.

After the end of the 5th Science Centre World Congress in Toronto (2008), Technopolis along with 2,000 colleagues worldwide signed the 'Toronto Declaration', the first document in which the international science centre world collectively set out its objectives and convictions.

At the 6th Science Centre World Congress in Cape Town, 416 delegates from 56 countries (including Technopolis) assessed the impact of science centres around the world. In the 'Cape Town Declaration' they drew up plans to guarantee that science centres would continue to play a constructive role in addressing global problems regarding the interface between science and society.

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