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COSI+PGAV Global Supports Creation of Science Centers in Developing Nations


The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and PGAV Destinations have announced a new partnership to support the development of emerging science centres in developing countries.

COSI+PGAV Global will offer full-service consulting including architecture, exhibit design, operations, revenue generation, management consulting, marketing, fundraising and education programs. 

Commenting on the new partnership, PGAV Destinations principal and chair Mike Konzen said, “We began discussing this possibility with COSI earlier in 2014, and through that dialogue began a realization of our complementary skills and strengths that could make an incredible impact on the global need for better science education.  We find that there are many locations around the world seeking professional guidance to develop science centers from the ground up to grow a STEM-literate population, but they’re restricted by either a lack of experience or resources. The combined resources of COSI and PGAV Destinations will strengthen the ability of communities and countries to create science centers that will inspire their citizens.” 

COSI+PGAV Global Partnership Supports Creation of New Science Centers in Developing Nations

COSI+PGAV Global will be working with key stakeholders over the next 12 months to identify opportunities for development and begin to craft strategic master plans for the creation of world-class, science-education destinations that also reflect local cultures and stories.

COSI president and CEO David Chesebrough, said, “To meet the demands of our 21st century, all communities need to be scientifically literate – able to understand their world and compete in a global society driven by technology and rapidly changing scientific discoveries.  Today more than ever, science education is one of the keys that unlock the doors of Center of Science and Industry COSI logoopportunity and understanding so that people can make healthy and sustainable personal and societal choices. Science centers and museums serve as portals to science, technology, history, culture and other disciplines that awaken a thirst for learning and create a common language around the globe.”   

To find out more see COSI and PGAV Destinations at this month’s national Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference,  or contact Diane Lochner, vice president at PGAV Destinations, at or (314) 231-7318.  #COSI+PGAV

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