[ASC-list] Perth: UWA Science Communication Seminar; Friday, 15 March; Will a giant inflatable plant cell sell the story?

Nancy Longnecker nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au
Mon Mar 11 13:11:28 UTC 2013

Will a giant inflatable plant cell sell the story?

The University of Western Australia
Science Communication Seminar Series
This Friday, Alice Trend, the Science Communication Officer from the ARC Centre for Excellence in Plant Biology, will discuss her work in engaging the public with cellular plant science.

Cell, Cell, Cell! Engaging the public with cellular plant science.

How do you get the public interested in science that they can't see? A giant inflatable plant cell? Beer coasters? Curriculum aligned workshops for primary and secondary students? Science posters in public toilets? Photography exhibitions? Specialised Facebook pages?

I have tried or am in the process of trying these approaches and will discuss the pros and cons of each. With a fantastic trial run of Bio-bounce, the giant inflatable plant cell on Friday, I'll be talking ideas and directions for this novel piece of science communication.

The idea behind the GIANT PLANT CELL is to have a portable, novel, immersive, exciting and inflatable way of engaging the public with cell biology. The cell is large enough that people can walk inside, look at the organelles in context and have memorable, interactive experience. The giant plant cell will explain the roles of the nucleus, DNA and genes, energy organelles and give insights into what biologists and geneticists study. The cell will also provide an exciting arena to conduct hands on experiments or talks.

One of the main drivers behind the Giant Plant Cell is to create an educational tool that helps the community understand how new technology such as genetic modification works in order facilitate informed choices on GM. We want to create an inclusive, respectful arena where people can ask questions about science.

Semester 1 - 2013, Fridays 4 - 5pm
at the UWA Centre for Learning and Technology<http://blogspot.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13668cc7a87872d08c05184a5&id=8cdc7bf1d5&e=d9af47ed8c>

Next Week
Zoe Leviston and Jenny Price from CSIRO will discuss their recent findings regarding people's attitudes and biases towards climate change and recycled wastewater acceptance.

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