In July 2008, at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress (5SCWC), the Toronto Declaration was signed. It is the first internationally joint statement of beliefs and goals for science centres. According to Cristy Crosby from the Ontario Science Centre “it’s a global statement of believers and goals for the science centre community. It’s the first such document to come out of a science centre world congress, setting out six commitments designed to guide regional networks and their members until the next world congress in 2011.”
Lesley Lewis, chair of 5SCWC, president of ASTC and CEO of Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, where the congress was held, said “This is a landmark event [...] For the first time, science centers around the world have worked together to issue a collective statement that identifies the issues facing our field globally. Today we have committed to a series of actions that will guide us for the next three years.
But what does it really mean for science centres across the globe?