After the fast growth of Science Museum and Centers on the 1980s, several institutions felt the necessity to look for new audiences. One of the ways developed by them was to lauch mobile units to take their exhibits and activities for these populations that are away from them. Those programs received different names on different places (science circus, science trucks, science vans, mobile science, etc.) and have different setup, but they have in common the goal to search for potential visitors that are far from the science museum and centers. One of the pioneers of those projects were the Shell Questacon Science Circus from Questacon – Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, a truck that would tour through Australia huge landmass. On Brazil, after the pioneer launch of “PROMUSIT” from the Science and Technology Museum (“Museu de Ciência e Tecnologia”) of PUCRS on the south region of Brazil, several others were lauched during the 2000s with a strong government support through its Nacional Council of Science and Technology (CNPQ). All of those initiatives target the underserved audiences that are away from big  urban centers, where most of science communication initiatives are concentrated. With different regional aspects, all of those places have a strong social iniquity, which is reveled on the access that people have of cultural heritage and scientific information. This panel is intended to be an overview of different international projects, its different specific objectives, strategies and challenges. It is also devoted to search for common solutions and experience exchange, taking in consideration the regionals aspects. How to include the new visitors, how to deal with them, how to measure impact and efficacy of those programs are some of the question that are raised in this discussion. Talks: First Talk: The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a 28 years old travelling program in Australia and Prof. Mike Gore is its founding director. His university (Australian National University) partners with Questacon in delivering this extensive outreach program. They have the responsibility of training (through the Circus program) 16 science graduates each year who run the Circus program as part of their Masters program at the Centre for Public Awareness of Science. Second Talk: This talk will be about the travelling programs of “Espaço Ciência”: Mobile Science (“Ciência Móvel”) and the Caravan of the Eminent Scientist from Pernambuco (“Caravana dos Notáveis Cientistas Pernanbucanos”). Third Talk: The project Mobile Science - Life and Health for Everyone (“Ciência Móvel - Vida e Saúde para Todos”)is an itinerant museum that brings exhibitions, games, interactive equipment, multimedia, workshops, science videos, story tellers and lectures to the southeast region of Brazil. Fourth Talk: The Brazilian public policies for Science Communication for the last decade, with emphasis on the Mobile Science programs will be the subject of this talk.

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Science on wheels
Science popularization on mobile outreach proguams around the globe

Diego Vaz Bevilaqua   Museu da Vida/Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz, Brazil

Michael M. Gore   Centre for Public Awareness of Science / Australian National University, Australia

Antonio Carlos Pavão   Espaço Ciência e UFPE, Brazi

José Ribamar Ferreira   Museu da Vida/Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz, Brazil

After the fast growth of Science Museum and Centers on the 1980s, several institutions felt the necessity to look for new audiences. One of the ways developed by them was to lauch mobile units to take their exhibits and activities for these populations that are away from them. Those programs received different names on different places (science circus, science trucks, science vans, mobile science, etc.) and have different setup, but they have in common the goal to search for potential visitors that are far from the science museum and centers. One of the pioneers of those projects were the Shell Questacon Science Circus from Questacon – Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, a truck that would tour through Australia huge landmass. On Brazil, after the pioneer launch of “PROMUSIT” from the Science and Technology Museum (“Museu de Ciência e Tecnologia”) of PUCRS on the south region of Brazil, several others were lauched during the 2000s with a strong government support through its Nacional Council of Science and Technology (CNPQ). All of those initiatives target the underserved audiences that are away from big  urban centers, where most of science communication initiatives are concentrated. With different regional aspects, all of those places have a strong social iniquity, which is reveled on the access that people have of cultural heritage and scientific information. This panel is intended to be an overview of different international projects, its different specific objectives, strategies and challenges. It is also devoted to search for common solutions and experience exchange, taking in consideration the regionals aspects. How to include the new visitors, how to deal with them, how to measure impact and efficacy of those programs are some of the question that are raised in this discussion. Talks: First Talk: The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a 28 years old travelling program in Australia and Prof. Mike Gore is its founding director. His university (Australian National University) partners with Questacon in delivering this extensive outreach program. They have the responsibility of training (through the Circus program) 16 science graduates each year who run the Circus program as part of their Masters program at the Centre for Public Awareness of Science. Second Talk: This talk will be about the travelling programs of “Espaço Ciência”: Mobile Science (“Ciência Móvel”) and the Caravan of the Eminent Scientist from Pernambuco (“Caravana dos Notáveis Cientistas Pernanbucanos”). Third Talk: The project Mobile Science - Life and Health for Everyone (“Ciência Móvel - Vida e Saúde para Todos”)is an itinerant museum that brings exhibitions, games, interactive equipment, multimedia, workshops, science videos, story tellers and lectures to the southeast region of Brazil. Fourth Talk: The Brazilian public policies for Science Communication for the last decade, with emphasis on the Mobile Science programs will be the subject of this talk.

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