The World Biotech Tour

Program supported by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Biogen Foundation.

The World Biotech Tour (WBT) is a multi-year initiative involving science museums and science centers around the world with the aim of promoting biotechnologies and their applications through activities, meetings and debates with researchers and experts. The first three stages of the tour took place in 2015 at: Technopolis - Mechelen (Belgium); Pavilion of Knowledge, Ciencia Viva - Lisbon (Portugal); Miraikan, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Tokyo (Japan). Tour stops for 2016 were announced in Montreal at the ASTC conference 2015 and they include four institutions: the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan – Italy; the National Science Museum in Pathumthani – Thailand; Scitech in Perth – Australia; Montreal Science Centre in Montreal - Quebec Canada. The tour will end in 2017 with a global summit in Tokyo.
As part of the WBT, the Museum will implement a program of activities for different audiences: adults, families, teachers and students.

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5 secondary school classes will be working together with the staff of the Museum and with active researchers investigating a theme related to the context of biotechnological applications (environment, health, industry). The goal is to work together on a portion of research and find tools to communicate it to a wide audience.

Project phases:
by February 2016: selection of the 5 school classes participating in the project.

from March to April 2016: the students, together with the staff of the Museum and the researchers-mentors work on their research.

May 2016: 2 ambassador students per class and their researchers-tutors participate in a workshop at the Museum to discuss and develop strategies to communicate to the public the results of their research.

May or September 2016 classes present their research in schools.

September and October 2016 during the Researchers’ Night and the European Biotech week the ambassador students are involved in the Museum’s activities for the public, presenting their research at the Museum and in outreach events.

2017: schools select one student-ambassador to attend the final event of the WBT in Tokyo.

2017: Mario Spiniello (from ITIS Facchinetti) is the ambassador selected to represent the Italian program for the World Biotech Tour. He presents the activities developed with the Museum and his research mentors Prof. Sara Borin and Dr. Francesca Mapelli from the Università Statale di Milano at the at the Science Center World Summit in Tokyo - November 2017.

Mario Spiniello


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