Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards - The Jury

  • Chair of the Jury
    I have spent my career in science-driven organisations from wildlife conservation to natural history museums. I am passionate about the power of engaging people with science and societal issues, now as Director of the Museum of London I am concerned with urbanism and the development of global cities and global citizens. I am a long-time advocate of the awards' idea, which I championed when I sat on the Ecsite Board in the name of the Natural History Museum.
  • I am a planning and design consultant for museums, historic houses and architects and remain a consultant for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), where I occupied several functions for 20 years including Senior Vice President. I am motivated by a passion for creating exhibitions that have both an emotional and intellectual impact--perhaps changing the way visitors see their world - while actively blurring the line between art and science. Before joining AMNH I was the designer of approximately one hundred exhibitions and permanent galleries as Senior Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • I am an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, where I work on issues around the relationship between science and society. With a background in Science & Technology Studies and a previous job at the Science Museum London, I teach the theory and practice of science communication and research public engagement with science. My recent work includes the volumes Hackerspaces (2017, Polity) and Science Communication (with Maja Horst, 2016, Palgrave).
  • My professional experience lies at the intersection between art, science and technology. I have a strong interest in artistic uses of technologies and in science as part of culture. Prior to directing the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, I held several key appointments in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, for instance artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, guest curator of the Berlin-based Transmediale festival or webcasting curator for Tate Modern in London. I also have my own artistic practice, produced under the name r a d i o q u a l i a, a collaboration with Adam Hyde.