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Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums

Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums

Objective

"The NANOTOTOUCH proposal aims to create innovative environments for the broad public to learn about and to discuss nano research by directly involving the actors of research themselves. We propose to do this by taking the laboratory environment and the research work out of enclosed academic campuses and relocating them right in the midst of the public in science museums and science centres. Three science museums and three science centres will closely cooperate with local university partners to create three permanent Open Nano Lab locations (in Munich, Milan and Gothenburg) and three Nano Researcher Live areas (in Mechelen, Tartu and Naples). In these places the visitors will experience “live” the day-to-day practices and processes of nano research conducted by young scientists. This peer-to-peer dialogue on an equal basis between lay public and nano-researchers not only creates a bidirectional feedback, it also minimises the expert-to-lay bias (“top-down"" approach) inherent present science communication processes with authoritative top researchers. In order to prepare the young scientists for this novel method of communication, NANOTOTOUCH also includes a strong communication skills training component. NANOTOTOUCH will also establish new role models for choosing science as a career: young adults thinking of entering science will be able to discuss various aspects with young researchers who themselves made this decision recently, whilst upcoming researchers will learn that communication is a self-evident part of their professional identity. Thus, NANOTOTOUCH pushes science communication to its extreme, merging communication and research in a powerful way and responding to the need for more transparency and accessibility in science. Furthermore, the strong synergetic network approach of the project enables contents and models to be developed for further distribution and implementation in educational and scientific communities."

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES MUSEUM VON MEISTERWERKEN DER NATURWISSENSCHAFT UND TECHNIK

Address

Museumsinsel 1
80538 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 229 354

Administrative Contact

Ulrich Kernbach (Dr.)

Participants (13)

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LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 555

FONDAZIONE MUSEO NAZIONALE DELLA SCIENZA E DELLA TECNOLOGIA LEONARDO DA VINCI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 140 170

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 176 015

UNIVERSEUM AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 108 070

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 176 015

Technopolis

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 73 295

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 20 330

SIHTASUTUS TEADUSKESKUS AHHAA

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 73 295

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 20 330

Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 69 015

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 20 330

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 193 937

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 65 805

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233473

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2011

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 533 664

  • EU contribution

    € 1 367 516

Coordinated by:

DEUTSCHES MUSEUM VON MEISTERWERKEN DER NATURWISSENSCHAFT UND TECHNIK

Germany