Science Exhibitions: Communication & Evaluation

This book examines how best to disseminate science to the public through a variety of new and traditional media. With over 20 essays from leading practitioners in the field, and over 660 pages, it provides an authoritative, stimulating overview of new, innovative and successful initiatives. The essays draw on cutting-edge experience throughout the world, and include contributions from Australia, Canada, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Mexico – as well as the UK and USA. 

Editor Anastasia Filippoupoliti, says: “In this book, I wanted to examine the narratives generated in science exhibitions and tackle some of the challenges museums experience in transforming scientific concepts or events into three-dimensional exhibits.”

Also available: Science Exhibitions: Curation and Design

Anastasia Filippoupoliti, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

1. Engaging New Audiences
Crossing the Threshold
Gillian Thomas, Miami Science Center, USA

Communities Are For Life, Not Just For Christmas
Dhikshana Turakhia, Science Museum, London, UK

Art in Science Centres: A Challenge to Visitors and Evaluators
Silvia Casini, Observa – Science in Society, Italy

2. Defining and Creating the Science Exhibit
A Social Semiotic Framework for the Analysis of Science Exhibits
Glykeria Anyfandi et al, Eugenides Foundation, Greece

Developing Interactive Activities for School Groups to Make Scientific Jargon More Accessible
Jan Freedman et al, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, UK

Dusty Relics or Essential Tools for Communicating Biology?
Sue Tunnicliffe et al, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Jurassic Park and the Interpretation of Dinosaurs in Museums
Warwick Frost, La Trobe University, USA

Connections: The Nature of Networks
Eric Siegel et al, New York Hall of Science, USA

Science and Technology Museum Exhibits: The Use of Interactives
Frank Klingender, Canada Agriculture Museum, Ottawa

3. Activating Evaluation Tactics
Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World
Karina White, Glow Design, USA

From Setting to Subject: A Case Study of Plants Are Up To Something
Kitty Connolly, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, USA

Science and Life at Melbourne Museum
Kate Phillips et al, Museum Victoria, Australia

Chips for Everyone: A Case Study in Communicating Engineering
Jane Magill, University of Glasgow, UK

Dealing With Darwin
Henry McGhie et al, Manchester Museum, UK

Science in a Historic House
Jenny Cousins, Interpretation Manager, English Heritage, UK

Between Environment and Science: An Exhibition on Butterflies
Ana Delicado, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Critical Listening: An Essential Element in Exhibit Design
Cary Sneider, Portland State University, USA

Forming a Museum of Mathematics
George Hart et al, Stony Brook University, USA

The Market Simulator at the Interactive Museum of Economics
Carmen Villaseñor Ferrer, MIDE (Museo Interactivo de Economía), Mexico

4. An Episode from the Past
“...Collected in one view”  Some Early Concerns with Staging Science
Anastasia Filippoupoliti, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Anastasia Filippoupoliti is a lecturer in museum education at the School of Education Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace (Greece). She also lectures at the Hellenic Open University. She undertook research in the fields of museology and science communication while she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and focused on exhibition design and museum planning issues while working as a museologist at the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (Greece). She holds PhD and MA degrees in Museum Studies (University of Leicester) and a BA in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Athens). She writes regularly on exhibitions, collections and science museums.

A great resource for the exhibition design team to have.
Christine Hendry, Exhibition Design Manager, Questacon National Science & Technology Centre, Australia. 

Title: Science Exhibitions: Communication and Evaluation
Editor: Anastasia Filippoupoliti
Pages: 664
Illustrations: 84
Size: 216 x 140mm
Date: 2010
Editions: £69 [paperback] | £49 [eBook]
ISBN: 978-0-9561943-8-1 [paperback]

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