Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Marie-Sophie Mugica, head of Export Dept of Universcience, speaks at SATE 2012 Experience Design conference 19-21 Sept in Paris

Marie-Sophie Mugica is the head of the Export Department of Universcience, whose aim is to provide advisory consulting in cultural and leisure projects, produce interactive travelling exhibitions and develop collaborative co-productions with museums in the field of museology as well as partnerships with leisure groups for all kind of visitors. With the expertise of both sites' staff, Marie-Sophie and her team work with an extended network of partners over the world, promoting Science and Education.

As Head of this department, Marie-Sophie Mugica has an extensive experience in developing services and products to museums, organisations, local authorities, companies at national and international levels.

Marie-Sophie was previously head of the international department of la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie which has set up the first Cité des enfants facility in a shopping mall in Dubai.

She has worked extensively throughout European countries, South Africa, Brasil, Korea and South-Eastern countries on a variety of projects and actors. She also acted as Marketing Manager to promote actively the know-how of la Cité abroad and in the real-estate sector regarding “mixed-used” programs.

Prior to joining the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Marie-Sophie worked in the French Riviera at Convention Bureau of Nice Acropolis in the organisation of calls for international congresses and business shows.

Universcience is born from the grouping of the two French largest science entities Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and the palais de la Découverte. This new institution is becoming a main national disseminator of scientific culture and a promotional plateform for French expertise; Universcience aims to develop science and technology awareness, encourage vocations and foster innovation.

With 3.5 million visitors annually, including 1 million children, this major establishment will be closely involved in the promotion of informal, pluralist and global education which is open to all to impulse innovation in the field of formal and informal education and in the public debate about science and technology.

Universcience is an active member of the boards of Ecsite (the European network for science centres and museums, linking science communication professionals in more than 400 institutions in 50 countries) and the Hands-On Europe Association (Association of children museums gathering, with more than 100 members). It also participates in sessions such as the ICOM and ASTC Conferences.