Space Museums and Science Centres Committee (2018-2021)

Committee Members  

Chair

  • Desbois, Jean-Baptiste

Vice-chair

  • Hatton, Scott

Members

  • Danos, George A.
  • Dougherty, Kerrie
  • Dyachuk, Iryna
  • Eisenhert, Steve
  • Harris, William
  • Inbar, Tal
  • Jung, Philippe
  • Larkin, Colm
  • Newmeyer, Daniel
  • Pakakis, Michael
  • Palmerini, Giovanni B.
  • Patel, Igal
  • Prieto, Ines
  • Reinart, Anu
  • Rohrwild, Karlheinz
  • Smilgelskas, Linas
  • Sudakov, Vladimit
  • Thomas, Jean-Marcel
  • Van Den Berg, Rob
  • Ventosky, Oleg
  • Volp, Jim
  • Zamor, Monia

Friends

  • Abakumova, Natalia
  • Bishop, Chas
  • Mouriaux, Pierre-François

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 countries.

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.