Museology and Communication

This research area focuses on developing the communication activities of the program that situate metabolic science in a cultural context, primarily through a focus on the materiality of laboratory, clinic, and everyday life, and how objects from these different domains can be used in museum, event, and online communication.

The museum can thus also be seen as a kind of “laboratory,” which experiments with methods of communication that are effective for engaging public audiences and other stakeholders with the processes, objects, and materialities of scientific practice, to convey the uncertainties and aesthetic dimensions of science and relay the challenges and rewards of the search for knowledge.

Specific projects starting in 2018 aims:

  1. To address why and how artists and scientists should be included as “co-curators” in developing exhibitions on biomedical science.
  2. To explore how the literatures on interdisciplinarity and science communication can inform each other, and support practical strategies to facilitate communication in interdisciplinary scientific environments.
  3. To assess how visitors respond to exhibits that highlight the processes of laboratory research, including their perceptions of the nature of research.
  4. To determine how exhibitions can best be used to open up laboratory science to the public.

The research area is coordinated by Associate Professor Louise Whiteley, who has research expertise in science communication studies and the relationship between mind and body, as well as having planned and executed a wide array of public engagement activities and exhibitions. Professor Whiteley also functions as the program’s deputy director.