Science communication is a form of communication through different media such as books, magazines, television and internet discussing scientific information between public and scientific researchers. The concept of science and communication in the 21 st century, however,has been expanded and developed to another level with creative and innovative approaches beyond the conventional media concept. Visual art for example, is among the creative and innovative media with dynamic communication features.
The possibilities of visual arts in communicating science had been proven by previous studies. Among the studies are those by Pauls (2004) and De Regules (2004) who studied the communication between science and art. De Regules (2004) has used art as an intermediate
medium to communicate about science and art with public in the science museum exhibition concept. While Pauls (2004) studied art and science communication between artists and marine polar research in Antarctica.
Furthermore, a report from the American Academy of Microbiology (2004), an honorific leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, speaks about the importance of microbiology research and public literacy of microbiology in the 21 st century. The importance of microbiology research is based on the issues relating to the increasing of new microbial diversity and global diseases in the world today. Public literacy of microbiology is based on the issues of public awareness, knowledge and understanding of microbiology. Thus, this paper attempts to visualise marine microbiology research which has been carried out in Malaysia and transformed into works of art, emphasising visual art forms as a platform to present marine microbiology in Malaysia and media for science communication in artistic and scientific contexts.

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Marine microbiology in Malaysia
Communicating science through visual arts

Nora Sofia Mohamed Yuran   Universiti Teknologi MARA Kedah, Malaysia; noraso- fia@kedah.uitm.edu.my

Science communication is a form of communication through different media such as books, magazines, television and internet discussing scientific information between public and scientific researchers. The concept of science and communication in the 21 st century, however,has been expanded and developed to another level with creative and innovative approaches beyond the conventional media concept. Visual art for example, is among the creative and innovative media with dynamic communication features.
The possibilities of visual arts in communicating science had been proven by previous studies. Among the studies are those by Pauls (2004) and De Regules (2004) who studied the communication between science and art. De Regules (2004) has used art as an intermediate
medium to communicate about science and art with public in the science museum exhibition concept. While Pauls (2004) studied art and science communication between artists and marine polar research in Antarctica.
Furthermore, a report from the American Academy of Microbiology (2004), an honorific leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, speaks about the importance of microbiology research and public literacy of microbiology in the 21 st century. The importance of microbiology research is based on the issues relating to the increasing of new microbial diversity and global diseases in the world today. Public literacy of microbiology is based on the issues of public awareness, knowledge and understanding of microbiology. Thus, this paper attempts to visualise marine microbiology research which has been carried out in Malaysia and transformed into works of art, emphasising visual art forms as a platform to present marine microbiology in Malaysia and media for science communication in artistic and scientific contexts.

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