We are pleased to welcome Emlyn Koster, PhD to the Project Rebirth Board of Directors. Dr. Koster has most recently served on the Project Rebirth Museum Content Committee, where his guidance and experience was most valuable. Emlyn was drawn to Project Rebirth as a continuation of his commitment to the 9/11 family community post 9/11, and support of the launch of the Families of September 11, Liberty Science Center, New Jersey Department of Education educational collaboration - the 4 Action Initiative.
Born in Egypt and graduating with Special Honors BSc from the UK's University of Sheffield and a PhD from Canada's University of Ottawa, both in geology, his distinguished career brings perspective from worldwide experiences of culture and education. Dr. Koster held CEO positions at Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Liberty Science Center across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, and the Maryland-based Institute for Learning Innovation. Each of these major museums achieved significant civic and environmental impacts during his tenure, including as an exemplar of assistance and therapy in the aftermath of a disaster. Elected chair of the worldwide Giant Screen Theater Association, he co-led its unification with the LA-based Large Format Cinema Association. Other board and advisory appointments have included the worldwide Association of Science-Technology Centers, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, US committee for the International Council of Museums, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Getty and Noyce Leadership Institutes, and the Business School's Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University. Emlyn has recently launched his own organization, Relevancy Matters, LLC. The external usefulness of museums has been the focus of his invited institutional mentoring, keynote presentations and sixty publications, including ones co-authored with John Falk and Elaine Gurian. In their 2007 article in The Informal Learning Review titled "Science museums face the 21stcentury", Carol Bossert and Mac West opined, "The word 'relevancy' is irrevocably connected to [Emlyn Koster]". With Emlyn's guidance and wise counsel, we at Project Rebirth look forward to developing our educational presence in the realm of museums and other learning institutions.