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About Penang Science Café

The Penang Science Café is a social space for building a vibrant community of science.  It serves as a catalyst to Engage, Educate, Inspire and Connect people, in the pursuit of innovation. 


The Penang Science Café aims to:

  • Promote new levels of social interaction in science and new ways of thinking
  • Encourage inquiry, discovery and hands-on exploration in a multi-sensory environment 
  • Be a space for learning and networking to construct ideas from concept to reality
  • Seed, grow and connect future technologists and entrepreneurs


The Penang Science Café is an initiative by the Penang State Government, led by Keysight Technologies, supported by the Penang Science Cluster.


Our History

2009

Penang’s Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng announces the setting up of the Penang Science Council, the state government’s initiative to collaborate with industry to advance science education and encourage innovation & creativity in science.

2011

The 1st Penang International Science Fair is held to overwhelming response. YAB Lim Guan Eng moots the idea of having a “science fair” 365-days a year.

2012

The Penang Science Cluster (PSC) is launched and Keysight Technologies leads the “Community Outreach” pillar.

Keysight Technologies’ Dato’ Gooi Soon Chai and the Penang Science Cluster’s (PSC) Dato’ Yoon Chon Leong shape the idea of the Penang Science Café to cultivate the interest in science and innovation on a continuous basis.

2013

The creation of the Penang Science Café, a social space for community involvement in science, is officially announced. Work intensifies on laying out the blueprint for this space.

2014

The 1st satellite science café , the Penang Science Café @Krystal, is launched at Krystal Point, Bayan Lepas. Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng announces that the pivotal center for all science cafés will be built at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee.

Keysight Technologies’ Dato’ Gooi Soon Chai reveals that this center, to be known as the Penang Science Café @Heritage, will embody the spirit of Penang’s “Romance of the Past, Power of the Future”.


Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap, chairman of the board of directors of Wawasan Open University and trustee of the Yeap Chor Ee Trusts signs an agreement with the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) for the lease of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, paving the way for the transformation of the building.


The first CEO of Penang Science Cluster (PSC), Ooi Peng Ee, witnessed by Keysight Technologies’ Shidah Ahmad, signs an agreement with the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) for the lease of the 13,000 sq ft ground floor of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee.

2015

Restoration and renovation works begin at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee.