Professional training in the field of Public Communication of Science in the UNAM began in the early 1990s.  Perhaps the first formal course was designed for museum guides of the Science Museum UNIVERSUM of the UNAM which was inaugurated in 1992. Museum guides are the human face of the museum and therefore they require training in multiple facets. They must perform several tasks such adapting the message of the museum to the specific needs and characteristics of the visitors, tend to school groups, perform demos and experiments, give guided tours, aid visitors in the proper use the exhibits, offer workshops for children, help visitors find what they are looking for and provide complementary information. In a nutshell their task is to provide the visitors with a rich and enjoyable experience in the museum.   

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Post graduate courses in public communication of science in Mexico

Elaine Reynoso Haynes   Dirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia (DGDC), UNAM, México

Professional training in the field of Public Communication of Science in the UNAM began in the early 1990s.  Perhaps the first formal course was designed for museum guides of the Science Museum UNIVERSUM of the UNAM which was inaugurated in 1992. Museum guides are the human face of the museum and therefore they require training in multiple facets. They must perform several tasks such adapting the message of the museum to the specific needs and characteristics of the visitors, tend to school groups, perform demos and experiments, give guided tours, aid visitors in the proper use the exhibits, offer workshops for children, help visitors find what they are looking for and provide complementary information. In a nutshell their task is to provide the visitors with a rich and enjoyable experience in the museum.   

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