What is the role of scientists in contemporary science centers? In some cases they are mrely consultants for scientific content; in others, they are part of the integral design and development of exhibitions, even like promoters of the original idea. Sometimes, for better or for worse, the image of the scientist is too present in the exhibitions.The relationship between scientists, museologists and designers is sometimes conflictive and not always allows for each of them to fully express their talents in a collaborative way. In this thematic session we propose to discuss such role based on examples from different science centers from around the world in diverse levels of development, and in which scientists have played different roles in the process of planning and implementation of the exhibitions, public programmes and digital media.

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Scientists in science centers
Neccesary, obstacles of decorative objects?

Diego Golombek   Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Argentina

Claudia Aguirre   Parque Explora, Medellín, Colombia

Stephen Roberts   London Natural History Museum, United Kingdom

Rosalia Vargas Ciência Viva   Pavilion of Knowledge, Portugal and European Network of Science Centres and Museums

What is the role of scientists in contemporary science centers? In some cases they are mrely consultants for scientific content; in others, they are part of the integral design and development of exhibitions, even like promoters of the original idea. Sometimes, for better or for worse, the image of the scientist is too present in the exhibitions.The relationship between scientists, museologists and designers is sometimes conflictive and not always allows for each of them to fully express their talents in a collaborative way. In this thematic session we propose to discuss such role based on examples from different science centers from around the world in diverse levels of development, and in which scientists have played different roles in the process of planning and implementation of the exhibitions, public programmes and digital media.

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