Metabolic Science in Culture

Ken Arnold

Program Coordinator of the Metabolic Science in Culture Program, Director Ken Arnold

The overall objective of the program is to situate metabolic science in a cultural, historical, and philosophical context through humanities and science communication research, which in turn informs innovative public engagement practices.

This program is founded on the conviction that public engagement with the challenges of metabolic health and disease is best achieved by situating contemporary science with respect to this long history and to the everyday experiences it evokes. Having research-based public engagement embedded within the Center offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the public and media debate around metabolic issues.

Program research and the public engagement activities it produces are based primarily at Medical Museion, which is a medical museum and university research department housed in the historic buildings of the Royal Danish Academy of Surgeons.

The program is led by Professor Ken Arnold. Professor Arnold is a renowned museum practitioner and scholars, and has extensive experience in developing public engagement and museum venues dealing with medicine and health, including previously leading programming for the internationally acclaimed Wellcome Collection, London, UK.