Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Schools : World Science Day for Peace & Development 2016 : resources

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Today, 10 November is World Sicence Day for Peace and DevelopementFirst celebrated on 10 November 2002, International Science Day aims to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide. 

It was recommended at the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999 to encourage the use of science for peace and development, and to make sure science is used to benefit societies.

World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated each year on 10 November, offers an opportunity to demonstrate how science is relevant to our daily lives and to engage the scientific community, policy makers and the students. 

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

Electric cars line up at the official start of the Zero Emissions Race outside the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland 
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

Science museum, Japan
© Cowardlion/

The 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development is dedicated to the theme:
“Celebrating Science Centres and Science Museums”.

"Science stands at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These agreements embody a new vision for prosperity, peace and the planet, to allow every society to create and share knowledge, to nurture every source of innovation and creativity, to craft a more inclusive, sustainable and just path to the future.
This is why science centres and museums are so important - for capacity building, for advocacy, to send strong messages about the importance of science for sustainable development."
Irina Bokova, message 2016

  • Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;
  • Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;
  • Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;
  • Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavour.

credits: © Mariakraynova/

Planetarium, Russian Federation


"Science centers and museums should be places of continuous non-formal education, where people of all ages are drawn in to learn," 
Diego Andrés Golombek, Argentinian researcher~

UNESCO invites schools, teachers and students among the different organizations to celebrate the WSDPD with some special events or action.

We know! We can't celebrate such a great theme only on one day. We must have a week or two to include the WSDPD into the different curriculum, alerting our students to the importance of science for the benefit of all.

After all, the day is symbolic. Of course, students need several lessons to develop activities and organize events.

Ohoto of the Maropeng exhibition
Photo courtesy of stagetech

The success of the World Science Day for Peace and Development will depend on the active involvement of many partners such as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, scientific and research institutions, professional associations, the media, science teachers and schools.

Different activities will be undertaken to mobilize support for the objectives of the World Science Day for Peace and Development.

credits: Elyx Yak

Next, you can find a list of potential actions that can be undertaken by you and your students or school:

  • Diffuse World Science Day for Peace and Development in your school, through some interesting activities;
  • Organize an 'Open Day' in your school to highlight the importance of science for peace and development;
  • Incorporate the messages of World Science Day for Peace and Development into official school website, blogs of students, exhibition at the school library, and other activities taking place on 10 November;
  • Organize classroom discussions to emphasize the many different ways science and technology touch our daily lives;
  • Contact national and local media (TV, radio, print, electronic) to highlight the importance of celebrating WSDPD at local level;
  • Write articles and letters about the importance of science for sustainable societies to the social media, and school newspapers;
  • Visit local schools to speak about careers in science, deliver scientific presentations or demonstrations to young students;
  • Build classroom-to-classroom connections between schools via the Internet to talk about science projects that will interest young people;
  • Organize a little conference with your class at the school library and invite other teachers and their own classes;
  • Find a sister school and carry out a joint activity highlighting the importance of science;
  • Invite university faculty from your town to to join your schools to celebrate the Day talking about their experiences in science;
  • Arrange a science museum visit: Nothing better to have a live lesson at a science museum.

Unesco invite you to register your event on the map or to contact the organization if you would like more suggestions and information on how you and your organization can celebrate this day. 
Unesco would be grateful if you could keep it informed on the activities you will organize in order to include your events in a special section of Unesco website.


To register your event and become a partner of the World Science Day for Peace and Development in your organisation, institution, university, school and community, please fill out this registration form and send it to Lucy Hoareau.
If you have a website and wish to link it to ours, please send your request to Ms. Diana Malpede. We will add yours to our list of related websites and you will help us reach, inform and involve as many people as possible.

Resources: Videos

"Science centres and museums plays key roles in nurturing the curiosity of women and men, as living laboratories of creativity, catalysing research and solutions to help societies meet challenges. In the digital era, when we need innovative initiatives to promote the learning of science outside the classrooms, museums and science centres are privileged places of education. They provide excellent ways to encourage children, especially girls, to pursue careers in science – to multiply our collective scientific capabilities."

Irina Bokova, message 2016


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