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Science exhibitions: curation, design and communication

Anastasia Filippoupoliti at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
(afilipp@gmail.com) and Graeme Farnell at MuseumsEtc, UK (graeme@museumsetc.com) are soliciting papers for a forthcoming book that will explore:

  • the processes involved in developing new science exhibitions in and for museums
  • the issues involved in transforming scientific ideas or events into exhibitions
  • the challenges faced by museums in communicating science to a wide audience.

Much has been written about the difficulties of disseminating science to the public through a variety of new and traditional media. It is, indeed, a complex subject to tackle in the exhibition space, yet a challenging and multidimensional one.

How best to understand the process of working from scientific data to the ideas-based exhibition? What exactly is lost during the transformation of factual information into an exhibition environment? And more importantly, how can the exhibition work most effectively as a tool for narrating science, its past and present?

They welcome a range of submissions including, but not limited to, the following issues/themes:

  • both theoretical perspectives and case studies relating to science exhibitions
  • exhibition design for science: problems and opportunities
  • successful design techniques and approaches in relation to science displays
  • science communication in the museum: interpretation issues
  • learning activities and science collections
  • developing learning resources for science exhibitions
  • object stories and science learning
  • exhibitions interpreting the history of science

Please submit an abstract (up to 400 words) and a biographical note (up to 250 words) by email to both editors above. Deadline for abstracts and bio 30 September 2009. Selection for inclusion 30 October 2009.

Thomas Söderqvist

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