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In Australia, we are getting better at engaging everyday people with science.

We do it on the streets. We do it in cinemas. We do it on trains, planes and buses. We do it in our national parks and we do it in our own backyards.

It is important to engage Australians with science because it plays a significant role in our personal health and wealth, and in our collective growth as a nation.

A big reason why we, science communicators and communication researchers, are getting better at engaging the public with science is that we are learning from each other about what works and what doesn't. We, ourselves, are getting better at engaging with each other.

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Marine Biodiversity Hub - Travelling exhibition of marine biodiversity images

Currently seeking venues. Please contact annabel.ozimec@csiro.au The Marine Biodiversity Hub's exhibition of images celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. It has now become a travelling exhibition at venues around Australia. There are 19 images in the exhibition and they include coral reefs, giant kelp forests, handfish, maps of the seafloor, new sharks and stingrays.

http://www.nerpmarine.edu.au/news/exhibition-marine-biodiversity-images
  • Overview of activity
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    1.1

    Name of this engagement activity?

    Marine Biodiversity Hub - Travelling exhibition of marine biodiversity images

    1.2

    Website/webpage that describes the activity?

    http://www.nerpmarine.edu.au/news/exhibition-marine-biodiversity-images

    1.3

    Start and end of the activity.

    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    1.4

    Frequency of the activity.

    • Ad hoc / Random
    1.5

    Brief description of the activity.

    Currently seeking venues. Please contact annabel.ozimec@csiro.au The Marine Biodiversity Hub's exhibition of images celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. It has now become a travelling exhibition at venues around Australia. There are 19 images in the exhibition and they include coral reefs, giant kelp forests, handfish, maps of the seafloor, new sharks and stingrays.

    1.6

    Best description of the focus of your activity?

    • Exhibit / poster
    1.7

    Outcomes your activity seeks.

    High importance
    Low importance

    Attract increasing national and/or international interest in science

    Critically engage target groups with key scientific issues

    Encourage behavioural or policy change

    Encourage people to think critically and logically using scientific method

    Encourage young people to pursue scientific studies/careers

    Inspire target groups and get them to value scientific endeavour

    Make science more accessible

    1.8

    Focus of your activity.

    Major component
    Not present in activity

    Institutional priority or public policy change related to science and technology

    Personal, community and societal values related to applications of science and technology

    Societal and environmental impacts and implications from science and technology

    The nature of the scientific process or enterprise

    Understanding of the natural and human-made world

  • Who is involved
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    2.1

    Group(s) are you targeting with your activity.

    • General Public
    • Metropolitan communities
    • Regional communities
    • School-aged children (but not necessarily in schools)
    2.2

    Locations of the groups project is targeting.

    States and Territories

    Capital city National
    Regional city(ies) / town(s) National
    Rural / remote National

    More specific geographic informations.

    Not available

    2.3

    Leader/manager of the activity.

    Business / corporation NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub
    2.4

    Involvement in managing the activity.

    Community groups / Foundations / Societies / Associations Collections Australia Network (CAN) http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/ - now unfunded, previously federally funded. Need new funding!!!!! http://www.mavic.asn.au/news?news_page=2
    2.5

    Funder of the activity?

    NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub is a collaborative partnership supported through funding from the National Environmental Research Program (and previously through the Commonwealth Environment Research Facility) program. It is administered by the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
    Department of the Environment National Environmental Research Program (NERP)
  • Engagement activity in more depth
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    3.1

    Fields of science involved in the activity.

    • Biological sciences
    • Earth sciences
    • Environmental sciences
    3.2

    Target group(s) involvement in the activity.

    Major component of activity
    Not part of activity

    Ask questions of experts, interactive inquiry learning in activities/exhibits

    Consult, share views and knowledge among/between participants and science experts

    Create content/new products

    Deliberate with other participants and group problem-solving

    Learn from watching, listening, viewing lectures, media and/or exhibits

    Participate in research

    Produce recommendations or reports

    Work with scientists

    3.3

    Tools you have used or will use for engagement.

    • Art
    • Brochure
    • Exhibition / display (non-interactive)
    • Provide or supplement educational materials
    • Website
    3.4

    How does the engagement fit within the process of science.

    • to engage target groups in scientific research that is ongoing
    • to engage target group in completed science or established scientific knowledge
    3.5

    Level of involvement of the following people in delivering the engagement activity.

    High involvement
    Low involvement

    Communication professionals

    Community representatives

    Interpretation specialists (e.g. museum curators, science centre education officers, rangers)

    Managers (e.g. resources, business, etc.)

    Scientists not directly involved in the research

    Other specialists (e.g. graphic designer, artists, actors, etc.)

    Scientists who did or are doing the research

    Students

    Teachers / academics

    Volunteers (other than scientists)

  • Evaluation
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    4.1

    Evidences that your engagement activity was likely to work before starting it.

    • Others’ expertise or support
    4.2

    Credibility, and accuracy of the science involved in your engagement activity.

    • Credibility, reputation and experience of organisation/s
    4.3

    Evaluation you have done or plan to do for this activity.

    • External
    4.4

    Tools and methods of evaluation you will use.

    • Feedback through forms, emails, letters and face-to-face
    • Surveys
    4.5

    One thing that would tell you your engagement was successful.

    Each venue is asked to provide comments from their visitors and responses have been very positive, eg "Closest to a fish tank yet" - visitor, Parkes Library. Staff at venue also provided their feedback, eg "The images have proved very popular and various staff members complained bitterly as they were being removed". Past venues/organisers have said they would be happy to recommend the exhibition to others. Venues have commented on the quality and versatility of the exhibition - image panel acrylic diasec/construction, easy hanging, captions on panel rather than separate items.

Contact details

Annabel Ozimec

Communications Support Officer

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub Project, c/- CSIRO

Annabel Ozimec

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