This paper presents an experiment with spatial communication of research into public opinion formation about biotechnology in Denmark. It reports from the construction of an installation entitled 'Stem cell network II: landscapes of expectations', which has been presented to publics in Denmark at several occasions - including the Festival of Research in April 2007 and an exhibition in a shopping centre outside Copenhagen. The installation was designed to invite visitors and other stakeholders to engage and interact with the installation. Through engagement visitors become participants experiencing the messages of installation. They also become co- creators of the installation, because their interaction is changing its appearance. In this way, the installation is an effort to create comments and dialogue about the social science communicated as well as the regulation of science and emerging technology.

The paper first discusses the rationale behind the creation of the installation as an attempt to improve the scientific knowledge production by making creating the space for a dialogue between researcher and visitors. Secondly, it gives a short account of the conceptual background to the installation and the way it was designed. And thirdly, it discusses preliminary results in order to explore the way in which the installation creates engagement, not least on behalf of the researchers involved in creating it. The objective of the paper is to use the experiment to reflect on questions of engagement and dialogue: What, and how, do we learn from experimenting with spatial and dialogical research communication? What is the relationship between the theoretical ideals and the practical experiences of dialogue?

It is an aim of the presenter to generate sufficient funding for exhibiting the installation at the PCST 10 conference.

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Communicating social science dialogically
An installation about the public debate on science and emerging technologies

Maja Horst   Copenhagen Business School

This paper presents an experiment with spatial communication of research into public opinion formation about biotechnology in Denmark. It reports from the construction of an installation entitled 'Stem cell network II: landscapes of expectations', which has been presented to publics in Denmark at several occasions - including the Festival of Research in April 2007 and an exhibition in a shopping centre outside Copenhagen. The installation was designed to invite visitors and other stakeholders to engage and interact with the installation. Through engagement visitors become participants experiencing the messages of installation. They also become co- creators of the installation, because their interaction is changing its appearance. In this way, the installation is an effort to create comments and dialogue about the social science communicated as well as the regulation of science and emerging technology.

The paper first discusses the rationale behind the creation of the installation as an attempt to improve the scientific knowledge production by making creating the space for a dialogue between researcher and visitors. Secondly, it gives a short account of the conceptual background to the installation and the way it was designed. And thirdly, it discusses preliminary results in order to explore the way in which the installation creates engagement, not least on behalf of the researchers involved in creating it. The objective of the paper is to use the experiment to reflect on questions of engagement and dialogue: What, and how, do we learn from experimenting with spatial and dialogical research communication? What is the relationship between the theoretical ideals and the practical experiences of dialogue?

It is an aim of the presenter to generate sufficient funding for exhibiting the installation at the PCST 10 conference.

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