Anastasia Filippoupoliti at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Graeme Farnell at MuseumsEtc, UK (email@example.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.