Space Museums and Science Centres Committee (2015-2018)
OBJECTIVE/SCOPE OF THE COMMITTEE
Space Museums and Science Centres are important actors in the space field. Museums
are the custodians of much of the material cultural heritage of space activities. Space
Museums and Science Centres are main players in informal education towards a large
public. They are essential actors when it comes to increase public understanding of space
activities. In many societies where the interest of the younger generation for taking on
scientific and space related careers is decreasing Space Museums and Science Centres
have a vital role to play, in close interaction with all space actors.
The constitution of a Museums and Science Centres Administrative Committee within the
IAF follows the eligibility of these institutions to become IAF members.
The Administrative Committee is a platform of exchange between its members and
friends. It fosters interactions between its members, but will also reinforce the links
between its members and players of the major space agencies and industries.
In the Committee, Space Museums and Science Centres (MSC) debate about their
specific issues and challenges. They share and develop joint projects, in the area of
exhibitions, curatorial affairs, educational initiatives, marketing etc.
This Committee shall also be a vehicle for promoting space activities in space-developing
The Committee will very closely work with the Space Societies Committee, both
structures being dedicated to encourage and develop space awareness and education.
COMMITTEE RULES FOR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS AND RENEWAL
Membership of the Museums and Science Centres Committee is open to any member
of the Federation. However, in view of its scope and objective, predominantly members
represent Museums and Science Centres. In addition, several experts are invited as
member based on their expertise or knowledge of IAF activities that are relevant for
Museums and Science Centres.
Applications of membership should be submitted to the Chair of the Committee who in
general will nominate the candidate for appointment at the next meeting of the
Committee. There are no specific criteria for membership over and above those
mentioned in the constitution of the IAF and the General Terms of Reference for
administrative committees of the IAF. However, active participation in the activities of
the Committee is expected.
As per the General Terms of Reference for administrative committees, membership of
the Space Societies Committees is nominally for a renewable three year term.
Non-members of the federation that might be interested by the Federation and by the
Museums and Science Centres Committee, can join the Committee as Friends of the
Committee. Applications of friendship should be submitted to the Chair of the
Committee who will nominate the candidate for appointment at the next meeting of the
Committee. After a period of three years, active Friends shall join the International
Astronautical Federation and become official members of the Committee.
Van Den Berg, Rob