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In depthApril 2022 - #75 - Time to reflect

How librarians went from possessors to custodians - and how it can inspire us

by ALEXANDRE VANAUTGAERDEN
LookoutFebruary 2022 - #74 - Scicomm ecosystems

A dive into the work that the EU project has undertaken over the last three years, and in the recent Workrooms idea-thon. 

with TESSA ROEDEMA & FRANK KUPPER
LookoutFebruary 2022 - #74 - Scicomm ecosystems

Can science centres and museums really contribute to cutting-edge research? Matteo Merzagora investigates.

with KEN ARNOLD, MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN, ASMA STEINHAUSSER & CAMILLE ZAMANT
In depthOctober 2021 - #73 - Catalysts of change

Alexandra Canet-Font reviews four different approaches to public engagement with AI and reflects on the need to ensure its human-centred development.

by ALEXANDRA CANET-FONT
LookoutOctober 2021 - #73 - Catalysts of change

The movement within Ecsite towards equity, inclusion and diversity.

with NIKITA GERRITSEN, CJ BISHOP, COLLEEN SCHMITZ, DAVID JONES & CRISTINA VEIGA-PIRES
LookoutApril 2021 - #71 - Making change

Raphaël Chanay takes us on a journey of discovery to find out more about this emerging field.

with BARNABY STEEL, AKI JäRVINEN, VICTOIRE THéVENIN & FABIEN SIOUFFI
In depthApril 2021 - #71 - Making change

How museums are leveraging the behavioural sciences and culture for impact-focused public engagements.

by MARIE HOBSON, NIKOLAJ MøLLER, ANNESOFIE NORN & CAMILLA THAM
LookoutJanuary 2021 - #70 - Good news

Exploring the realms of credentialing outside of school learning and how we can make human capital more visible.

with EVANGELOS KAPROS, NAOMI BOYER, YOANNA NOWICKI & PATRINA LAW
LookoutDecember 2020 - #69 - Can't touch this

Five institutions share tried and tested ways of re-imagining our science centres and museums, while ensuring they remain Covid-secure.

with HARRI LILJELUND, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE DUMONT, VALENTIN FARRAS, ROSALIE WIESNER & MONICA ROBERTS
In depthDecember 2020 - #69 - Can't touch this

A dedicated project is investigating engagement levels after the move from physical to digital participation.

by DR. ILONA IłOWIECKA-TAńSKA, DR. ANETA GOP, DR. MICHELLE PHILLIPS & KATARZYNA POTęGA VEL ŻABIK
In depthNovember 2020 - #68 - Youth, climate & us

As youth mobilisations around climate change continue growing, how can science centres work with youth in alliances that support broad scale action?

by DR FIONA CAMERON
LookoutSeptember 2020 - #66 - Uncertainty
with MARGARET HONEY, BRUNO MAQUART, JULIA PAGEL, ED RODLEY, MIZUKO ITO, MIKKO MYLLYKOSKI & JEFFREY SCHNAPP
In depthSeptember 2020 - #66 - Uncertainty

We live in uncertain times. Months after the start of the pandemic, science is still trying to make sense of what exactly is going on. 

by FRANK KUPPER
LookoutAugust 2020 - #65 - Reinvention

Facing and overcoming the challenges when building a career in science communication

with CLARA GARCíA-GORRO, DANIELA ANTóNIO, MOHAMED SOLIMAN & EMER MAGUIRE
In depthMay 2020 - #63 - Social justice

Reframing the "business survival" vs. "social responsibility" debate.

by EMILY DAWSON & BARBARA STREICHER
In depthApril 2020 - #62 - Connections

A presentation of key elements of a collaborative resource created to take action on this much-discussed topic.

by MICHAEL CREEK
LookoutSeptember 2019 - #55 - Motivation

Extending the discussion to scientific collections

with INA HEUMANN, HOLGER STOECKER, GUIDO GRYSEELS, DR. PATRICIA RAHEMIPOUR & FLOWER MANASE
In depthJune 2019 - #53 - Equity

A wake-up call

by EMILY DAWSON
LookoutMarch 2019 - #50 - Tinkering

Mindsets for inclusive creativity and transformative learning

with KAREN WILKINSON, AMOS BLANTON, STEFANO BURATTI, PAULO BLIKSTEIN, MARK WINTERBOTTOM & EMILY HARRIS
In depthFebruary 2019 - #49 - Deficit model?

Today’s deficit problem is not lacking knowledge, but lacking the capacity to challenge it, argues Gomes da Costa

by ANTóNIO GOMES DA COSTA
In depthDecember 2018 - #47 - Digital learning

A reflection on the potential of technology to ‘augment’ learning

 

by MARIA XANTHOUDAKI
In depthNovember 2018 - #46 - Getting unstuck

Tools for science engagement professionals faced with the daunting task of saving the world

by JULIE BECKER
In depthFebruary 2018 - #38 - Explorations

The ‘Science frugale’ example, winning Mariano Gago Ecsite Award project

by SANDRINE BRON, MAXIME LEROY & MATTEO MERZAGORA
LookoutAugust 2017 - #32 - Rainbow science

Towards active LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion in our science centres and museums

with SARAH DURCAN, SACHA COWARD, SHAUN O’BOYLE, LAURA PHILLIPS & SCOTT MCKENZIE-COOK
In depthFebruary 2017 - #27 - Post-truth

We need to help citizens grasp the difference between authority-based and science-based validation, argues Gomes da Costa (and much more)

by ANTóNIO GOMES DA COSTA

Spokes collections

Curated series of Spokes articles around specific topics.

Spokes collection
‘Reversed’ science café at the Copernicus science centre in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the Sparks project © Agata Steifer Copernicus Science Centre
Explore a wide spectrum of participatory theories, practices and places, ranging from co-curated exhibitions to citizen-led research agendas, Responsible Research and Innovation, user-led innovation, citizen labs, hackathons or science cafés.
Keywords:
Participation, co-creation, consultation, citizens, #rri
Spokes collection
Maxi Ooh, MUSE'S under 5 space
Design, exhibitions or architecture: ultimately, all the articles gathered here are about stories.
Keywords:
Exhibition, design, architecture, museography, art&science, storytelling
Spokes collection
Children playing a board game on urban diversity at the BiodiverCITY Exhibition of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
What can science engagement organisations and professionals do to foster more sustainable futures? How do we work with SDGs, "wicked problems" and can we do in practice in our work environments and communities? The articles gathered here (re)-frame these questions and offer some answers.
Keywords:
sustainability, #SDGs, wicked problems, climate change, environment, green
Spokes collection
Anti-vaxxer protest in Melbourne, Australia, 14 September 2017. Pic by Alpha.
Post-truth, misinformation, anti-science, fake news or fabricated 'controversies'... what do these trends mean for science engagement? Discover a body of articles tackling these complex questions.
Keywords:
post-truth, post-fact, misinformation, fake news, dialogue, controversy, alternative facts

Spokes Editorial Committee

Chairperson
Maria Xanthoudaki
Director of Education and of the Centre of Research in Informal Learning
Michèle Antoine
Michèle ANTOINE
Director of Exhibitions
Raquel da Cunha, Ecsite
Raquel da Cunha
Communications and Events Manager (on leave)
Alex Fairhead
Group Head of Exhibition Services
Frank Kupper
Frank Kupper
Associate Professor Science Communication & Public Engagement
Marta Alicja Trzeciak
Marta Alicja Trzeciak
Head of Science Communication
Responsible editor
Catherine Franche
Executive Director
Roxanne Gillon
Communications and Events intern