DNA‐TEST, a pilot project financed by the EU, aims to establish a travelling exhibition on selected life science topics combined with a short live theatre performance.

The application of gene technology needs to be in agreement with the basic values of society. Many science information programs presume prior basic knowledge and require a certain degree of education, thereby excluding specific groups of society. DNA‐TEST aims to address these gaps in the current science communication efforts.

Within DNA‐TEST, a travelling exhibition with hands‐on exploration of gene technology, a low‐threshold science theatre performance and accompanying leaflets and brochures are currently developed. The travelling exhibition will be based on everyday situations linked to life sciences and genetic engineering. Selected topics are (1) DNA, providing general information (What is DNA? Where do we have DNA and what for? ...), (2) "old" Biotechnology, dealing with yeast and biotechnology products as bread or wine and (3) Health, focusing on applications of biotechnology in medicine (e.g. production of vaccines, monoclonal antibodies). The theatre will raise people's curiosity and stimulate them to visit the exhibition. The Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (Belgium), Pandemonia (Netherlands) and dialog<>gentechnik (Austria) set up a pilot show case in three different countries in Europe in summer 2008. The qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the project will be used to establish an "Exhibition and theatre performance kit" available at low costs for third parties.

About dialog<>gentechnik:
dialog<>gentechnik functions as an interface between science and the public. It fosters and supports dialogue and facilitates a broad access to information about gene technology and related topics. dialog<>gentechnik is an independent non‐profit society, dedicated to provide competent and reliable scientific information. All activities are financed exclusively by public funding.

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DNA‐TEST
DNA travelling exhibition and science theatre

Carmen Schmid   dialog<>gentechnik

Brigitte Gschmeidler   dialog<>gentechnik

Helmut Jungwirth   dialog<>gentechnik

Elisabeth Waigmann   dialog<>gentechnik

DNA‐TEST, a pilot project financed by the EU, aims to establish a travelling exhibition on selected life science topics combined with a short live theatre performance.

The application of gene technology needs to be in agreement with the basic values of society. Many science information programs presume prior basic knowledge and require a certain degree of education, thereby excluding specific groups of society. DNA‐TEST aims to address these gaps in the current science communication efforts.

Within DNA‐TEST, a travelling exhibition with hands‐on exploration of gene technology, a low‐threshold science theatre performance and accompanying leaflets and brochures are currently developed. The travelling exhibition will be based on everyday situations linked to life sciences and genetic engineering. Selected topics are (1) DNA, providing general information (What is DNA? Where do we have DNA and what for? ...), (2) "old" Biotechnology, dealing with yeast and biotechnology products as bread or wine and (3) Health, focusing on applications of biotechnology in medicine (e.g. production of vaccines, monoclonal antibodies). The theatre will raise people's curiosity and stimulate them to visit the exhibition. The Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (Belgium), Pandemonia (Netherlands) and dialog<>gentechnik (Austria) set up a pilot show case in three different countries in Europe in summer 2008. The qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the project will be used to establish an "Exhibition and theatre performance kit" available at low costs for third parties.

About dialog<>gentechnik:
dialog<>gentechnik functions as an interface between science and the public. It fosters and supports dialogue and facilitates a broad access to information about gene technology and related topics. dialog<>gentechnik is an independent non‐profit society, dedicated to provide competent and reliable scientific information. All activities are financed exclusively by public funding.

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