Dr Penny Fidler: Discussing Climate Science at Science and Discovery Centres


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Presentation from the Communicate 2011 Delegate Showcase, 3rd November 2011. Communicate is hosted by the Bristol Natural History Consortium. www.communicatenow.org

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  • This is key The ASDC mission We can do that in a variety of ways – meetings, projects, online, email groups
  • DID loads of To overcome those barriers the Science Mu Lack of depth of knowledge Lack of connection between pockets of knowledge People are bombarded with information in the media but can’t distinguish fact from hype Bored with the issue
  • On November 1st 2009 the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology received the Leading Edge Award for “Best Visitor Experience” on the exhibition “Klima X”. “Klima X” shows the causes, effects and possible solutions to global warming. Visitors must put on rubber boots to enter the exhibition area. The exhibition floor is covered with 10 cm of water to illustrate the effect of increasing sea level. Enormous melting ice cubes symbolise the melting of the Arctic ice cap. The visitors use remote controlled boats to visit different geographical places “around the world”. By entering one of the harbours with the boat, the visitor can start a short movie featuring a climate witness telling how global climate change is affecting their lives today. Please note that a full exhibition description can be downloaded from here: http://www.exhibitfiles.org/dfile2/ReviewWalkthrough/365/original/Klima__X__New.pdf The exhibition has also been reviewed at ExhibitFiles here: http://www.exhibitfiles.org/klima_x Objectives: The exhibition ”Klima X” had as principal objective to create an exciting, challenging, educating and popular interactive exhibition on global climate change. Sub-goals were • Increase the knowledge about the climate system and global climate change, • Show why research in the Polar Regions is important for the understanding of global climate change • Increase the knowledge on how to reduce the negative impact of human activities • Give the visitors a physical experience of the consequences of global climate change • Show the visitors how global climate change is affecting peoples life around the world today • Use interactive installations to challenge visitors on controversial issues • Have a visitor number of at least 350.000 visitors during the exhibition period, at least 100.000 pupils of which 10.000 are attending the educational program Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, director of the IPCC and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, opened the exhibition on December 11, 2007.
  • This is key The ASDC mission We can do that in a variety of ways – meetings, projects, online, email groups
  • Asking questions, exploring, discovering Considering the ethics Inputting into policy Trust in science Shared ownership of the issues and solutions Delight and enjoyment of discovery
  • Dr Penny Fidler: Discussing Climate Science at Science and Discovery Centres

    1. 1. Discussing climate science at Science and Discovery Centres Dr Penny Fidler, CEO
    2. 2. 60 organisations 20 million participants every year 385,000 participants every week
    3. 3. ASDC Vision A society where people are intrigued, inspired and involved with the sciences
    4. 4. ASDC Mission To bring together the ASDC membership to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science
    5. 5. Eden Project
    6. 9. Atmosphere: Science Museum, London
    7. 13. The issue of Trust Where is the information from? Do I trust the source? Does the information ‘feel’ right?
    8. 14. There are plenty of mis-matches which undermine trust If it’s that bad, why aren't the Government doing something If the problem is a big as they say, how can changing a few light bulbs help…? My energy company is telling me to reduce the amount of energy I use … but surely they want me to use lots so they make money…?
    9. 16. What can we all do better together? 20 million participants every year
    10. 17. Thank you Dr Penny Fidler www.sciencecentres.org.uk
    11. 19. <ul><li>Where are they initially – their beliefs and values. This </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon as a metric, and carbon literacy </li></ul><ul><li>For every km in a smart car, 100g CO2 emitted </li></ul><ul><li>A pint of milk – 7km </li></ul><ul><li>A pint of orange juice – 30 km </li></ul><ul><li>A kilo of UK tomatoes in March – 500km </li></ul><ul><li>A kilo of bananas – 5km </li></ul><ul><li>Flight from London to Glasgow – 5000km </li></ul>