The International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology (MILSET - Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique et Technique) is a non-governmental, non-profit and politically independent youth organisation, which aims at developping scientific culture among young people through the organisation of science-and-technology programmes, including science fairs, science camps, congresses and others activities of high quality.
MILSET was created during ESI 87, the first International Science Fair held in Québec in 1987. Then, due to its constant growth, various Regional Offices were progressively established:
Inspiring youth through science and technology initiatives.
Networking youth science organisations globally to promote the importance of science and technology in society.
to stimulate the development of scientific and technical educational activities for young people and children, to motivate young people to get interested into science, and to help educators worldwide working in this field ;
to organise Science Fairs on an International and Regional level, during which young people meet and present projects which reflect their creativity in the sphere of science and technology ;
to organise science events for youth as international meetings, symposia and seminars, summer schools and universities, conferences, study trips, training courses and all activities helping to promote exchanges among youth of all countries, including young scientists ;
to encourage networking among MILSET Regional Offices and member organisations and to animate the collective life of the Movement through publications and internet websites, common programs, sharing and transfer of expertise and dialogue about world events ;
to support its member organisations and national organisations of scientific youth by representing them to supranational and international bodies as UN and its agencies (UNESCO, UNICEF…), ISESCO, ALECSO and the European Commission.
As a member of the world civil society, MILSET is also a stakeholder in the current revolution of the Technologies of Information and Communication, and advocates the free sharing of knowledge and the building of true knowledge sharing societies, a stand exemplified in its participation to the parallel events to the World Summit on Information Societies through the World Youth Congress on Information and Knowledge Society.
Thanks to MILSET, tens of thousands of young people have already met to exchange and make the most of their creations, discuss with researchers, youth leaders and industrialists. They have developed projects together, discovered foreign languages and cultures, and have been trained to acquire new technologies.
Joining MILSET is adhering to its charter, that of a movement which is concerned about today's world, participates in the local development of scientific and technical education in leisure time, promotes international cooperation, sustainable development, citizenship and peace, by practicing sciences and technology in a spirit of respect, understanding and solidarity within different geographic and spiritual communities.
MILSET is an official partner of UNESCO.