Jacquemyn is a pioneer and leading expert in the field of science communication
and interactive science centres. His expertise is situated in various areas of science
communication: strategy development, the creation of content-related concepts,
feasibility studies, business plans, development of interactive exhibitions,
operational processes, marketing & communication ...
is currently actively involved in the development of several science
communication initiatives worldwide.
is the chair of the Science Popularisation Collaborative and chair of the
Science Centre World Summit Foundation.
2017 Unesco awarded Erik the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of
Science as a recognition for his entire career as a pioneer in the field of
2014, he received the ASTC Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced
Leadership in the Field, an award of the Washington based global Association of
Science-Technology Centers that is presented to individuals in recognition of
extraordinary accomplishments in the field of science communication.
2006, Erik Jacquemyn was awarded the Prize of the Flemish Minister of Science
3 years, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts,
presents this prize to a person/organization who has made an important
contribution to the popularisation of science.
1990 Erik Jacquemyn received this fellowship for the commitment he made in
popularising science and technology by means of the Flanders Technology
the early nineties he developed and organised the first activities in the field
of science popularisation in Belgium, such as the Science Week, the Science
Festival, the Science Truck, Science Theatre, exhibitions, …
the mid-nineties he set up an exhibition about 7000 years Science and
Technology in China and Belgium.
1996 he launched the idea for Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre. Together
with a small team, he was responsible for the concept, development,
localisation, design, content, business plan, legal structure, organisational
structure, etc. of the centre, which was a success from the first day after its
opening in 2000. As founding CEO of Technopolis, he also put the science centre
on the international map and expanded the centre three times.
2002 he created the Science Centre Academy, an intensive seminar for new
science centre projects. In 2008 he organised a tailor-made Science Centre
Academy in Beijing.
the past 20 years Erik has been internationally active in the governing bodies of
ASTC (Association of Science Technology Centres) and Ecsite (European Network
of Science Centres and Museums) as well as in the boards of directors and
expert committees of various science centres. He organised the first Science
Centre World Summit in 2014.
He was convenor, keynote speaker and
speaker at numerous conferences worldwide. He delivered – for
example – one of the closing speeches at the conference of the Asia
Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centre (ASPAC) that was hosted by
the China Science & Technology Museum in Beijing in May 2016.