Background Why are people not engaged in discussions about gene technology and its consequences? Why the ignorance about important scientific issues? Is science presented in a stereotypic way selecting people with a certain way of thinking and excluding a more holistic approach? Such questions drove me as a microbiologist to start to collaborate with artist and scientists. I wanted to find new ways to explain science.

Methods I have run different projects with artists and scientists. The projects were run during at least three years (except Cut and Glue). The goal was a manifestation such as an exhibition or an IT production. The meetings were usually weekend seminars. The collaboration builds on confidence, knowledge, intuition and generosity.

Results Especially teachers have been extremely interested in the productions. Some children had never before shown any interest in science. The general public has been enthusiastic and some people have reacted strongly. The press has been positive. The IT production from 2000 is still asked for. It will soon be linked to a European network. The participants in all projects have been stimulated to think in new ways and have been satisfied with the collaboration.

Productions The exhibition Room and Space with artists and astronomers. The IT production for school children about the brain, the light and the eye and the interactive exhibition Colour and Sight with artists and scientists from different fields. The interactive exhibition Gene Ethics with artists and molecular biologists and the book Gene Power. The exhibition Cut and Glue with textile students and teachers. There were spin off effects like Living Lego, a gene technology laboratory for schoolchildren, publication of a magazine, a schoolbook in genetics and so on.

Conclusions Science education can be broadened by including artists in the education.

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Art and science in collaboration

Marie Nordström   Freelance, Earlier Dep. Astronomy and space physics

Background Why are people not engaged in discussions about gene technology and its consequences? Why the ignorance about important scientific issues? Is science presented in a stereotypic way selecting people with a certain way of thinking and excluding a more holistic approach? Such questions drove me as a microbiologist to start to collaborate with artist and scientists. I wanted to find new ways to explain science.

Methods I have run different projects with artists and scientists. The projects were run during at least three years (except Cut and Glue). The goal was a manifestation such as an exhibition or an IT production. The meetings were usually weekend seminars. The collaboration builds on confidence, knowledge, intuition and generosity.

Results Especially teachers have been extremely interested in the productions. Some children had never before shown any interest in science. The general public has been enthusiastic and some people have reacted strongly. The press has been positive. The IT production from 2000 is still asked for. It will soon be linked to a European network. The participants in all projects have been stimulated to think in new ways and have been satisfied with the collaboration.

Productions The exhibition Room and Space with artists and astronomers. The IT production for school children about the brain, the light and the eye and the interactive exhibition Colour and Sight with artists and scientists from different fields. The interactive exhibition Gene Ethics with artists and molecular biologists and the book Gene Power. The exhibition Cut and Glue with textile students and teachers. There were spin off effects like Living Lego, a gene technology laboratory for schoolchildren, publication of a magazine, a schoolbook in genetics and so on.

Conclusions Science education can be broadened by including artists in the education.

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