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Science and technology centres as agents for promoting science culture in developing nations

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The insertion of science and technology centres in the scientific and educational infrastructure of developing nations is suggested to be an effective way to promote a popular science culture among people, thus helping to catalyse a culture supportive of science and technology-driven socio-economic development. A framework for the setting up of such centres is presented in the context of national initiatives and/or international development assistance. The experiences of the Singapore Science Centre on some of the issues are discussed.

Keywords: science and technology centres, public understanding of science, science literacy, Singapore

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