The lively 'Pecha Kucha' session takes place during the afternoon of the main conference. This fast-paced session showcases the very best of new ideas and research from people working in UK Science and Discovery Centres, Museums and Universities. The session has the theme of 'Rising to future Challenges' and is Chaired by Phil Winfield, Treasurer of ASDC and CEO of We the Curious.
The 6 selected speakers have the opportunity (and challenge) of sharing their ideas speedily and energetically, using only 20 PowerPoint slides that auto-forward every 20 seconds.
The Pecha Kucha Speakers:
Anna Starkey, We The Curious
Dea Birkett, Circus250 and Kids in Museums
Kenneth Skeldon, Wellcome Genome Campus
Chris Dunford, We The Curious (replacing Gabi Gilkes)
Lauren Deere, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Charlotte Coales, Zoological Society of London
1. Anna Starkey, At Bristol Science Centre
Evolving the science centre: asking ourselves big
The landscape in which we operate has radically
changed over the last decade. Science Centres are no longer unique access
points to science. You can watch levitating magnets on You Tube, celebrity
professors on TV, have a pint of pub science comedy or get involved in neuroscience
experiments in an art gallery. So what implication does this have for our
future role in culture? What and who are we for, and how do we stay relevant?
With a Physics degree and Science Communication
MSc, Anna started out as a Science Museum Explainer and has since worked across
science and the arts, from UK Particle Physics Outreach Officer and Director of
Impossible Projects at a multidisciplinary public neuroscience lab, to
producing televised BBC Proms and live Royal Opera House global cinema broadcasts.
She series produced BBC Young Dancer and is a BAFTA nominated children’s
animation writer. Anna is a British Paraorchestra trustee and Fellow of the
2. Dea Birkett, Circus250 and Kids in Museums
The Science of Circus
2018 is Circus250 - year-round UK-wide celebrations
marking 250 years of circus. And circus is built on science. Did you know in
1768 the world's first circus ring was drawn 42 foot in diameter due to
centrifugal forces, best enabling a rider to stand on a horse's back? Every
ring since is the same size. Do you know how to juggle four balls? Can you
balance on a teeter board? Science underpins circus performance. In 2018, every
science centre can join in the celebrations using hands on performance to
demonstrate scientific principles. Ringmaster Dea Birkett invites you to be
part of the greatest show of 2018.
Dea Birkett is ringmaster of Circus250, the not for
profit organisation co-ordinating the UK-wide celebrations of 250 years of circus
in 2018. A former circus performer, she is also Creative Director of Kids in
Museums, the charity which runs the hugely successful Takeover Day initiative.
Dea is also co-Director of TextWorkshop, working with Science Centres, Museums
and heritage sites on their written interpretation. In a broad portfolio
career, she has also been a Guardian journalist and is now Creative Director of
ManyRiversFilms, a BAFTA winning film production company.
Genomics is one of science's most rapidly advancing
areas. Such is the pace, that education curricula, science communicators, even
healthcare professionals are struggling to keep up with the questions society
at large are beginning to pose. How therefore, can Science Centres help engage
with the genomics revolution!
Dr Kenneth Skeldon MBE is Head of Public
Engagement at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge - home of the Sanger
Institute and Human Genome Project. Until recently, he was Chair of the Board
at Aberdeen Science Centre and among other things, co-founded the highly
popular Cafe Scientifique and Pecha Kucha Nights in the city. He holds an
Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association and has been actively
involved in science engagement for over 25 years.
4. Chris Dunford, We The Curious
How Science Centres can save the world
The greatest challenge facing the future of
humanity is how our species can live sustainably on this planet. Science is key
to understanding, and solving, sustainability issues such as energy, resources,
climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Science Centres are uniquely
placed within society to act as hubs to engage the public with sustainability
issues whilst themselves acting as sustainable institutions. This talk will
explore our science centre as a case study of sustainable operations,
innovative sustainability engagement projects and unique city partnerships.
Chris Dunford has been the Sustainability Engagement
Manager for We The Curious since 2011. During that time the science centre has
become recognised as a world leader in sustainability. Chris leads We The
Curious's mission to become an exemplar sustainable organisation, and to use
this journey to engage the public with global sustainability issues. Chris chaired the Engagement Group for Bristol’s year
as European Green Capital 2015, and is the Mentor Fellow for the Arizona State
University 'Sustainability in Science Museums' Global Fellowship.
(Please note, this is a last minute replacement. Gabriella Gilkes from Eden Project is unfortunately unable to join us for the conference and Chris Dunford has kindly accepted our invitation to speak on a related environmental topic.)
5. Lauren Deere, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Science and Heritage Career Ladder
The Science and Heritage Career Ladder is a youth
development programme which has been running at Thinktank since 2008. The
programme not only provides work based training opportunities for young people
from Birmingham but it also diversifies Thinktank's workforce to make it more
reflective of communities in the city of Birmingham.
Lauren Deere is the Museum Manager for Thinktank
Birmingham Science Museum. Lauren manages the visitor operation and contributes
to the strategic development of the museum.
6. Charlotte Coales, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
ZSL London Zoo: how to communicate 200 years of
Since their conception, zoos and their role in society
have been constantly evolving. The Zoological Society of London (that runs both
Whipsnade and London Zoos) employs over 300 research and conservation staff. ZSL
is rethinking the way these staff directly engage with audiences, from public
dissections of dolphins to online opportunities to follow staff in the field,
and we are challenging the role that zoos can play in science communication,
now and in the future.
Charlotte is the Coordinator for Public Engagement
with Conservation Science at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). She supports ZSL scientists and experts to
engage directly with school and public audiences, establishing a variety of
formats to showcase ZSL's work behind the scenes and in the field. She previously worked as a Science
Communicator at the Natural History Museum in London, and has a degree in
Ecology and Environmental Biology and an MSc in Science Communication.