Traditional Science museums have focused on Public Understanding of Science which presents established science knowledge and examines applications of science in the past. Compared to PUS, Miraikan focuses on Public Understanding of Research which examines research into the unknown. PUR must be an on-going presentation following research as it develops. The future impact and applications of research are discussed, presenting the process, including negative and positive aspects, of research as it is happening. It enables the public to engage in a dialogue with the scientists, and to give feedback to the scientists. Miraikan assumes an important role as the basis for PUR activities in Japan. For instance, it organizes special ‘like talk’ events where young and upcoming scientists get a chance to talk about their work to undergraduates. We have applied the new learning theory in cognitive science to design activities in order to build and cultivate a community of practice in Miraikan.

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Making a bridge between scientists and public
Providing a venue for live-talk for young and upcoming scientists

Noyuri Mima   National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

Fuji Nagami   Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Traditional Science museums have focused on Public Understanding of Science which presents established science knowledge and examines applications of science in the past. Compared to PUS, Miraikan focuses on Public Understanding of Research which examines research into the unknown. PUR must be an on-going presentation following research as it develops. The future impact and applications of research are discussed, presenting the process, including negative and positive aspects, of research as it is happening. It enables the public to engage in a dialogue with the scientists, and to give feedback to the scientists. Miraikan assumes an important role as the basis for PUR activities in Japan. For instance, it organizes special ‘like talk’ events where young and upcoming scientists get a chance to talk about their work to undergraduates. We have applied the new learning theory in cognitive science to design activities in order to build and cultivate a community of practice in Miraikan.

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