Student exhibiton premieres at Otago Museum

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Do you have what it takes to co-create a museum exhibition?

Over the past two months, the Otago Museum has been home to an intriguing exhibition called Look Beneath the Surface. The exhibition was created by Science Communication student Ali Rogers as part of her master's thesis.

Ali has been examining the dynamic process of co-creating science exhibitions with community groups. Look Beneath the Surface uses interactive, digital and photographic media to showcase citizen science in the Marine Metre Squared programme. This is the first of two exhibitions that Ali will be 'co-creating' with everyday citizens. The next exhibit will be developed in collaboration with members from a local community group.

Does your community have something it would like to share in an exhibition? Get in contact with Ali's advisor, Dr. Jenny Rock, at the Centre for Science Communication to find out more!

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Former Students Win Major Prize at the World’s Most Prestigious Wildlife Film Festival


Congratulations to Moritz Katz and Joshua Mayo for winning "Best Student Documentary" at the 38th International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) for their amazing documentary The Wild Wet, which was made as part of their studies at the Centre for Science CommunicationThe IWFF is the oldest and the first regular ongoing film festival devoted entirely to wildlife films. Founded in 1977, the event is held each year at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana. Katz and Mayo's film tells the story of the stunning wildlife occupying the unique habitat of the rainforest in Queensland, Australia.

The Wild Wet - trailer from Joshua Mayo on Vimeo.

SMASHED EXHIBITION marks the launch of the Dunedin branch of The Science Communicators Association of New Zealand


The event, "Smashed: the Human Brain on Booze," served to wrap up Brain Awareness week and marked the launch of the Dunedin branch of the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) on 20 March 2015. In conjunction with the Centre for Science Communication and the Brain Health Research Centre, the SCANZ launch, held at the Otago Museum, was a massive success. Just under 250 people attended the special exhibition, which featured human brain exhibits on loan from the Anatomy Museum as well as a range of neuroscience art pieces. This was followed by a panel of speakers who discussed the effects of alcohol on the brain and how scientists can most effectively communicate the consequences of drinking to the general public. 

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