Wednesday 28th of September, The Royal Society, London
Pecha Kucha Session
The speakers selected
to be part of the lively 'Pecha Kucha' session that took place during the afternoon
of the main conference programme had the opportunity (and challenge) of sharing
their ideas speedily and energetically, using only 20 powerpoint slides that
auto-forwarded every 20 seconds.
This fast-paced session
showcased the very best of new ideas and research from people working in UK
science centres, discovery centres, museums and universities.
theme of the Pecha Kucha session in 2016 was 'Engaging Everyone: Equity and
Diversity in Science Engagement'.
Sally Pritchard, Glasgow Science Centre
Rebecca Erskine, Dundee Science Centre
Jo Bryant, At-Bristol Science Centre
Dan Bird, Whitefire
Claire Bailey-Ross, Durham University
Nina Cromeyer Dieke, Nesta
Claire Arbery, STEM Learning Ltd
Community Learning Coordinator, Glasgow Science Centre
Raising science capital - what does it really mean for community groups?
Situated in the heart of the former ship
building hub, GSC is part of the landscape of many of Glasgow's urban
communities. Over the last year alone, we've seen a 73% increase in the number
of community visitors. Through a needs-led approach to inclusion and
participation we endeavour to raise science capital by enabling people to
actively and confidently engage with the world around them. We passionately
believe that science is for everyone - regardless of location, age, capability,
religion and ancestry.
Rebecca Erskine, Exhibition and Community
Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre
Crunch; Reaching our communities
The Crunch is an exciting year of activities, experiences and
discussions about our food, our health and our planet. Dundee Science Centre is
one of 9 partners, led by ASDC, delivering The Crunch Programme, created by
Wellcome Trust. Through The Crunch we want to help people think about how our
food, our health and our planet are all interconnected and the our team have
been out and about across Dundee and more widely working with new communities
to get people talking about the issues.
Jo Bryant, Community Engagement Manager, At-Bristol Science Centre
A sustainable offer for socially
How do we bring our 'community' work from the
margins to the core? How can we ensure sustainability and longer term impact
for the community? At-Bristol has developed a sustainable framework of
Community Open Weekends that attract more than 6,000 visitors each year from
the most socially disadvantaged areas of the city. Jo will describe how this
has become part of At-Bristol's core offer, the challenges, benefits and what
we have learnt so far - you can do it too.
Dan Bird, Wellcome Fellow, Whitefire
can we have more of an impact?
It's difficult to measure the effect of a single science
centre visit, as we co-exist in a complex ecosystem of science engagement. If
we want to encourage long-term change in society, then we need to look at how
and where we engage with our communities to build and extend their learning
journeys in a financially sustainable way. Post Visit Engagement is a technique
that embeds the learning after the physical visit and then provides
opportunities to extend these experiences further.
Claire Bailey-Ross, Postdoctoral Research
Associate in Digital Humanities, Durham University
live research on the gallery floor for inclusive science engagement: What is
Participatory Action Research and what does it have to do with visitor
Can academics and science centre practitioners successfully
collaborate and co-produce new gallery exhibits that enhance creativity and
innovation in young visitors? Can such collaboration create engaging exhibits
that can actively capture useful research data live on the gallery floor? Will
being involved in live research be engaging for visitors? We will discuss
Participatory Action Research as an approach for blurring the boundary between
research and practice and highlight our findings to date from the Centre for
Life's Brain Zone.
Nina Cromeyer Dieke,
Digital Content Editor, Nesta
can you survive?
Antibiotic resistance is a huge global issue. The Longitude
Prize is a five-year challenge with a £10m fund, looking for a transformative
diagnostic test that significantly reduces antibiotic misuse and overuse.
Superbugs is an app-based game to raise awareness amongst 11-16 year olds, a
generation that will see the effects of antibiotic resistance first-hand. An
easy-to-play, fast-paced, fun game, players try to survive for as long as they
can against the most virulent superbugs using current and new antibiotics.
As part of the Government's aspirations for more
young people to be inspired by STEM subjects and to study them to a higher
level, STEM Learning has a range of programmes to engage teachers through high
quality CPD opportunities and inspire young people through the STEM Ambasssors'
Find out about the
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