Interactivity is today the central concept of the modern scientific communication in museums and science centers. That is to say: visitors actually do experiments. Physics and Technology have been the main topics in the permanent and temporal exhibits. But, how can we propose experiments in biology using living matter? Zoos and Aquariums display living beings, but they are not actually interactive. Science museums show interactive exhibits in life sciences, but avoiding the manipulation of living matter. A few issues come to mind immediately, such as those concerning the use of live material in displays, accurate modeling and presentation of biological systems (time scale, and abstractness of concept tend to be focus here), ethical questions, maintenance, etc. In this communication we prove the feasibility of an interactive biology.

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Life sciences in interactive museums

Jorge Wagensberg   Museu de la Ciencia de la Fundacio "LaCaixa", Barcelona

Interactivity is today the central concept of the modern scientific communication in museums and science centers. That is to say: visitors actually do experiments. Physics and Technology have been the main topics in the permanent and temporal exhibits. But, how can we propose experiments in biology using living matter? Zoos and Aquariums display living beings, but they are not actually interactive. Science museums show interactive exhibits in life sciences, but avoiding the manipulation of living matter. A few issues come to mind immediately, such as those concerning the use of live material in displays, accurate modeling and presentation of biological systems (time scale, and abstractness of concept tend to be focus here), ethical questions, maintenance, etc. In this communication we prove the feasibility of an interactive biology.

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