A debate between MPs on the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee and members of the Government, Thursday 15 May 2008
Science and discovery centres contribute to the education of young people about science and inspire them to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They also engage the public with scientific issues and play important roles in their local communities. However, there is widespread concern about the future of science centres.
This is the first time a select committee has looked at the role of science centres, and it concludes that they energetically engage the public in science and are worthy of support. The Science centres now have a clear way forward and will capitalise further on this opportunity to support both curriculum-based and lifelong learning.
The Association for Science and Discovery Centres, the body that represents these science centres, warmly welcomes the Select Committee’s report.
On 22nd October 2007 the Science and Technology Committee published its Eleventh Report of Session 2006–07, The Funding of Science and Discovery Centres [HC 903]. On 4th January 2008 the...
On Jan 16th 2008 the Innovation Universities and Skills Select Committee published the Government's response to the Science & Technology's Committee's Report on the Funding of Science and Discovery Centres. The Government response was jointly prepared by DIUS, DCSF and DCMS and aims to answer the recommendations made by the Select Committee.
During its inquiry into the funding of science and discovery centres, the Science and Technology Committee received written evidence from nearly 80 organisations and individuals.