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10 November 2017
Technopolis, the Flemish science centre Mechelen
Science Comedy Night at Technopolis, Belgium - one of the actions developed by Ecsite members for 2017 International Science Centres and Science Museum Day

In celebration of the second International Science Centre and Science Museum Day on 10 November, Technopolis is organizing its very first Science Comedy Night.

5 October 2012 - 31 August 2013
2800 Mechelen

This themed exhibition provides answers to questions we all ask ourselves about the things we eat. How much sugar, fat or salt does our food contain? How is the food digested? Should I be exercising more when I eat fatty food? What are the eating habits of other cultures and what flavours do they use?

Take a seat and discover flavours and aromas during a romantic dinner or experience the fun of having dinner while playing a round of table football.

16 March 2014 - 18 March 2014
Technopolis Mechelen

The Science Centre World Summit, organized in Mechelen, Belgium, by Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre, in cooperation with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels) is a high-level, global meeting point for representatives from different fields to discuss topics concerning all parties.


Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 26 September 2017
Are you a natural talent?

At Technopolis young visitors have the opportunity find out which profession(s) would suit them through a set of interactive exhibits. These exhibits are part of Xplora, an entire area dedicated to professions that are meant to capture the attention of 8 to 14 year olds who are bound to make decisions that will greatly influence their future careers. As from 6 November 2017, visitor can also test their 'natural' skills. This high-tech career trip shows them the variety of 'green' jobs.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 26 September 2017
Technopolis soap box

On 10 September 2017 Technopolis won the Creativity Prize during the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Kluisbergen (Belgium). In addition the science centre’s team managed to secure a place within the top 10 by racing down the steepest sloop ever within 48 seconds.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 26 September 2017
Pitch and Play

Mid 2017 Technopolis launched the online school competition Pitch and Play. Third grade teachers and students get the opportunity to build a new interactive exhibit that will ultimately be installed at Technopolis. The concept is entirely new in the Flemish education field, as the competition is based on an online gamification platform simulating a virtual entrepreneur environment. This way Technopolis endeavours to create an online community that co-creates the science centre’s future.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 12 January 2015

The Knowledge Economy Network (KEN) has presented Luc Van den Brande, chairman, and Erik Jacquemyn, Chief Executive Officer of Technopolis®, the Flemish Science Centre (Mechelen, Belgium), with the “Award of Excellence”. The award stands for the excellent way in which Technopolis® communicates science and technology to young and old, especially in view of its organisation of the Science Centre World Summit 2014.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 5 December 2013

Technopolis®, the Flemish Science Centre (in cooperation with the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels). Ecsite is part of the International Programme Committee of the SCWS. www.scws2014.org

Why attend

The Summit gives you the insight and the tools to prepare your science centre for a rapidly changing society. The innovative format of the Summit allows for the establishment of new strategic partnerships that enhance large-scale citizen engagement in science and technology.

Attending the Summit allows you to:

  • 1. join strategic thinkers
  • 2.
Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 6 April 2013

From March 17-19, 2014, Technopolis®, the Flemish science centre (Mechelen, Belgium), in cooperation with the Museum of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium), will host the Science Centre World Summit 2014: Public Engagement for a Better World.

There have been Science Centre World congresses organized on every continent since 1996. Now is the time to rethink the concept and respond to the challenges of our time. Science centers are well established as a networked, professional community.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 15 June 2012

‘The gender EXPERIMENT, a travelling themed exhibition by Technopolis.

‘The gender EXPERIMENT’ is an interactive themed exhibition concerning the talents of women and men. In this exhibition, via various active exhibits, one can personally discover if women and men differ, and in what way.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 29 November 2011

‘Sex, wot’s the big deal?’ is the themed exhibition for adolescents between 10 to 14 years old where they discover everything about being in love, their changing bodies and sex in a playful and responsible way.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 12 September 2011

At the 6th Science Centre World Congress convened in Cape Town, South Africa, from 4-8 September 2011, 416 delegates from 56 countries assessed the impact of science centres worldwide and formulated plans that will ensure that they continue to play a constructive role in addressing global issues at the interface between science and society. Robert Firmhofer, President of Ecsite, signed the Cape Town Declaration – a document meant to map the social role of science centres.

Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre 2 March 2011

Technopolis®, the Flemish science center in Mechelen (Belgium) has successfully organized its 6th Science Center Academy. From Thursday 27 January till Saturday 29 January 2011, 18 participants and 9 experienced science center professionals contemplated on the question of how to set up a low cost high quality science center.