Explainers, pilots, facilitators, mediators, educators; whatever their name is, these professionals have an essential role in science centres and museums (but also in outreach activities of universities and research institutes); they are the human, direct interface with the public, and therefore have a huge impact in the success of the communication of their institutions (Bevan and Xanthoudaki, 2008; Rodari and Xanthoudaki, 2005; Tran, 2006; Tran and King, 2007).

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The professionalisation of the explainer
A European perspective

Paola Rodar   SISSA Medialab, Trieste, Italy; Ecsite THE group

Anne-Lise Mathieu   niverscience, la Cité des Scien- ces et de l’Industrie, Paris, France; Ecsite THE group

Maria Xanthoudaki   Museo Nazionale della Scien- za e della Tecnologia, Milano, Italy; Ecsite THE group

Explainers, pilots, facilitators, mediators, educators; whatever their name is, these professionals have an essential role in science centres and museums (but also in outreach activities of universities and research institutes); they are the human, direct interface with the public, and therefore have a huge impact in the success of the communication of their institutions (Bevan and Xanthoudaki, 2008; Rodari and Xanthoudaki, 2005; Tran, 2006; Tran and King, 2007).

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