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Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre of Australia, announced that sponsorship deals with major fossil companies Shell and Inpex will not be renewed.

It marks the end of a 37-year partnership between Shell and Questacon, which branded and delivered science activities for children. Shell was a main partner from 1985 to 2020 in the Shell Questacon Science Circus, a program of science shows and teacher training described as the “world’s longest-running science outreach program”. The four-year, $1m sponsorship deal with Japanese oil and gas company Inpex will also not be renewed.

On Shell, Questacon said: “This is the natural conclusion of the partnership arrangement. Questacon and Shell have agreed to exit the partnership as planned in December 2022.”

On Inpex, Questacon said: “This is the natural conclusion of the partnership arrangement. There are no planned partnership activities with Inpex beyond 30 June 2023.”

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