Pecha Kucha Presenters

Pecha Kucha Speakers & Presentations

The reinvention of Antenna at the Science Museum:
Katrina Nilsson, Science Museum

The re-invention of the Science Museum's science news gallery Antenna that integrates the gallery and website and engages visitors with contemporary science through social behaviours that encourage dialogue. Visitors are encouraged to talk and share their thoughts on contemporary science through social media based interactions and the 3D design. The gallery's new electronic infrastructure can instantly update content, simultaneously on gallery, on the website and in other galleries. It also allows comments to be exchanged between the gallery and website.
Makers and Science Centres:
Ian Simmons, Centre for Life

Worldwide there has been a resurgence in the art of making real things, with hackerspaces springing up all over the place and Maker Faires bringing the public flocking. This should be familiar ground for science centres, as these people are very like our exhibit builders, but are we engaging with this community as effectively as we should, and if not what are we missing?
Sign Science: Making Thinktank accessible those with hearing impairments:
Dr Kenny Webster, Thinktank

In 2010, Thinktank was awarded a sum of money by the Conurbation Small Grant Scheme to conduct consultations with visitors who were Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The initial consultations were carried out to discover how we could 'realistically' make Thinktank more accessible to the hearing impaired and then to make a mutually agreed number of these changes before inviting the visitors back to tell us how we have done. A number of the changes that we have made, make Thinktank a fundamentally more accessible venue across many sensory impairments, but we have also made some major changes to our procedures and policies that will have a long term influence on our exhibitions and programming. In addition, we have developed some very fruitful relationships with local Deaf organisations.
"The Science of Volunteers!"
Bala McAlinn, CREW

The presentation will highlight how the effective use of volunteers can really bring science communication to life. Through building relationships with your audience and creating exciting visual mnemonics, the information being communicated is much more likely to be retained, especially when dealing with young or non-scientific audiences.
'Move over, Mendel'
Matthew Hickman, NOWGEN

The Nowgen Schools Genomics Programme aims to narrow the gap between contemporary genomics and classroom genetics. We are working with film makers, curriculum developers, exam boards and policy makers to ensure that genetics taught in schools better reflects our current understanding of the field and is more relevant to students.
The Oxford BioBlitz: an experiment in community engagement
Dominic McDonald, Science Oxford

In June 2012, Science Oxford will run a 24 hour event which will attempt to identify all the species within a 250m radius of our site in central Oxford. This is not the first "BioBlitz" in the UK by any means, but we believe it is the first time that one has been attempted in a predominantly urban residential setting. This presents some problems, but we think these are worth tackling because the real reason we are doing the project is to engage with people who live in the immediate vicinity of our building. I'll explain how we are planning to do this, and give you some clues to help you decide whether you want to do something similar...
The science centre as hub for science learning excellence: Dundee Science Centre's Science Learning Institute
Hannah Crookes, Dundee Science Centre

The Science Learning Institute is a collaborative approach to science learning for the community. Described by the CEO of the Wellcome Trust as 'a model of integration', and by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning as 'the future' of science centres, this approach has changed the way stakeholders view the centre.
A Renaissance for Physical Interactivity?
Andy Lloyd, Centre for Life

Some millennium science centres were criticised for having too many touchscreens and not enough "real" interactives. Recently we have seen projects featuring more physical, mechanical interactivity. Is this a victory for the "old guard", or is this a trend with different drivers leading to a new direction for science centres?
Break to Play - A Reflection
Ben Guilfoyle, Eureka!

Break to Play enabled families with children with autism to play together in Eureka!'s galleries. The aim was to provide them with new and exciting ways of engagement, including bespoke programmes and relevant resources. This presentation will look at the impact BTP had on Eureka! and the families who attended.
"Why we do what we do - a valedictory exhortation..."
Nick Winterbotham, ASDC Chair

As he proposed should happen when ASDC was formed and established as our sector lead charity, Nick is stepping down from his Chairmanship role after the maximum 4 years in post. He feels a duty to reflect, albeit in only 20 slides, what ASDC stands for - or at least what our sector should be mindful of in the challenging years ahead.
This, then, is his brief stab at motivational futurology!

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