Notes and conclusions of the first meeting of the network

Discussions raised:

– Definition of Science Tourism: an activity at the interface between the creation of knowledge and its dissemination through a formal mediation process?
– What is mediation for Science Tourism? What is mediation, how and why, and how to support the research process?
– The selection of scientific topics: for what and for whom? What are the prioritization mechanisms?
– Is it necessary to “certify” which are the Science Tourism activities or should we keep an open mind and accept a wide variety of initiatives that combine tourism and science?


Points of agreement:

– The combination of Tourism and Science is positive and can be a relevant vector for the cultural and economic development of isolated, fragile or emblematic areas.
– It is possible to establish viable dynamics that associate research projects with recreational activities with local organizations and actors who wish to participate in them in a playful or educational way (examples in France are projects such as the “Sentinel Shelters”, the “CREA Mont Blanc”, the “Jardin botanique du Lautaret”, among others).
– It is desirable to maintain a broad definition of the concept of scientific tourism, but to insist on the process of seeking knowledge (PS).
– It is important to consider the transmission of scientific and technical knowledge (IA).
– A scientific tourism project should include (FB):


1. “a scientific subject or object chosen by researchers (according to the interests of local stakeholders)
2. “local actors involved in a research process
3. “local capacities to create dynamics of discovery (journeys) and participatory research


Prospects for consolidating scientific tourism:

Prospects for consolidating scientific tourism:

– Formalize an International Science Tourism Network.
– Create a website ( or with partners working for the promotion of the concept and the projects of the other participants (FB). The objective will be to create the framework for action, share elements of conceptual reflection and show examples of actions that are part of the field of scientific tourism.
– To resume exchanges with a meeting in 2019 ; ” 2nd international meeting on scientific tourism “, a symposium or congress, with scientific communications and themes allowing the subsequent publication of a book.
– Provide spaces for university training (example of the Algarve University training “Mediterranean Flora in the Algarve, Tourism Economics and Protection Strategies” (CH).


First Scientific Meeting Aysén - Scientific Tourism

Points of reflection proposed by participants

– How to evaluate the relevance of the concept for a territory and the “Performance” of the destination for scientific tourism? (FdG)
– There is an economic importance of scientific tourism in isolated areas because it promotes the diversification of tourism practices. It is a challenge to intervene in large territories such as Canada (FdG).
– Not everything that is cultural is scientific, but everything that is scientific is cultural (PS).
– It is important to be able to offer scientific tourism activities, discovery and training of guides to scientific methods and culture.
– It is evident that there are topics of scientific and touristic importance that need to be studied, especially when tourism is developed around a scientific theme as is the case of Valle del Bravo in Mexico (DG).
– Scientific tourism is an active tourism with a visitor as a protagonist (PS).
– Scientific tourists are those who travel out of scientific curiosity, the basis of motivation is more scientific or more touristic (SN).
– The fundamentals of science are based on the idea of solving riddles, explanations can be disproved (PM), thus making scientific tourism a trip that seeks to solve an enigma.
– A scientific tourism trip is legitimized by the presence of scientific actors, the creation and availability of knowledge related to a clearly identified object of study (MB).
– It is important to strengthen the theoretical framework of scientific tourism before seeking to market an offer. It should strengthen social development by raising awareness of the problems that arise from the scientific tourism. Translated with (free version)

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