The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation has generously provided the funds for a new center for public  learning and understanding of science (PLUS) to be established jointly between Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University in Göteborg, Sweden. Additional funding for graduate and postdoctoral students will be  provided by the universities. The purpose of CPLUS is to study and ameliorate barriers that hinder communication between scientists and all members of  society.

The Center will serve as a nucleus to bring together a large variety of current and future programs in PLUS in Sweden and will facilitate collaboration in activities and research. Research questions include 1) how children and adults from diverse communities understand metaphors and models used to communicate about science, 2) what kind  of mental models form the basis of their understanding, and 3) how they learn and use processes of science. Students  and faculty, myself included, will use design experiments in informal settings and make connections to current research  in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and communications. We will conduct research in public  and commercial spaces, local science centers and  museums.

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A new center for public learning and understanding of science(cplus) in sweden

Ilan Chabay   University of Technology and Göteborg University, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden

The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation has generously provided the funds for a new center for public  learning and understanding of science (PLUS) to be established jointly between Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University in Göteborg, Sweden. Additional funding for graduate and postdoctoral students will be  provided by the universities. The purpose of CPLUS is to study and ameliorate barriers that hinder communication between scientists and all members of  society.

The Center will serve as a nucleus to bring together a large variety of current and future programs in PLUS in Sweden and will facilitate collaboration in activities and research. Research questions include 1) how children and adults from diverse communities understand metaphors and models used to communicate about science, 2) what kind  of mental models form the basis of their understanding, and 3) how they learn and use processes of science. Students  and faculty, myself included, will use design experiments in informal settings and make connections to current research  in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and communications. We will conduct research in public  and commercial spaces, local science centers and  museums.

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