The success of initiatives aiming to promote and protect biodiversity depends to a large extent on the engagement of citizens to biological issues and their participation in environment decision-making and management.
The Puppet Shadow Theatre is an ancient and widespread form of performance, directed both to children and adult audiences that can be adapted to tell all sort of stories. It includes three main elements, the screen (the puppet stage), a light source behind the screen and the puppets. The light creates sharp shadows on the screen, bringing to life the silhouettes of the puppets.
Our main aim is to use the puppet shadow theatre as a science communication tool to promote the public awareness of biodiversity, relationships between species and their needs for protection. To fulfill these objectives a story was created and adapted to a range of public: “Diopatra, the lady of the rings”. Diopatra is a marine worm, abundant in lagoons and estuaries. The puppets represent humans, birds and invertebrates, adults and larvae. To evaluate the impact of this initiative, queries will be created and their results analyzed by using appropriate statistical methods.
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The public understanding of biodiversity through a puppet shadow theatre

Ana Rodrigues   Department of Biology and CESAM, University of Aveiro, 3810- 193 Aveiro, Portugal

Clarisse Ferreira   Department of Biology and CESAM, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

The success of initiatives aiming to promote and protect biodiversity depends to a large extent on the engagement of citizens to biological issues and their participation in environment decision-making and management.
The Puppet Shadow Theatre is an ancient and widespread form of performance, directed both to children and adult audiences that can be adapted to tell all sort of stories. It includes three main elements, the screen (the puppet stage), a light source behind the screen and the puppets. The light creates sharp shadows on the screen, bringing to life the silhouettes of the puppets.
Our main aim is to use the puppet shadow theatre as a science communication tool to promote the public awareness of biodiversity, relationships between species and their needs for protection. To fulfill these objectives a story was created and adapted to a range of public: “Diopatra, the lady of the rings”. Diopatra is a marine worm, abundant in lagoons and estuaries. The puppets represent humans, birds and invertebrates, adults and larvae. To evaluate the impact of this initiative, queries will be created and their results analyzed by using appropriate statistical methods.

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