Museum hopes to sell skills

Clare Wilson
Clare Wilson
Otago Museum organisers are optimistic that international consultancy work and improved chances to sell interactive science exhibits overseas will result from a recent science conference.

The museum hosted the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres conference, which attracted 116 delegates from 56 science centres and 19 countries.

Exhibitions, development and planning director Clare Wilson said the conference, which had never been held in New Zealand, had proved successful.

It also helped further improve the international standing of the museum's Discovery World science centre.

Participants had responded "very positively" to the Otago Museum experience, and to Discovery World-related activities, including the Tropical Forest.

"Survival Factor", a new interactive science exhibition developed through a partnership between the museum and Otago Polytechnic staff and students, had also sparked interest, Ms Wilson said.

Museum organisers would be following up to see if there were chances to sell the equipment overseas, or to have the show displayed internationally.

The museum had been approached by several overseas science centres, and some form of consultancy work, such as the holding of workshops, including in Singapore and Indonesia, was likely to result, she said.

Overseas institutions were interested in several aspects of the Otago Museum's operations, including its "great staff", and how it had been able to achieve "great outcomes with few resources", and the culture and business systems which supported that success, she said.


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