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The State of Virtual Reality for Science Communication

Mohamed Elsonbaty  

Virtual Reality is a form of technology, which creates computer-generated worlds or immersive environments, where people can explore and interact with. Although the technology as a concept firstly appeared in 1960's and the term Virtual Reality was introduced in late 1980's, Virtual Reality became popular lately due to recent technological advances and introduction of affordable inexpensive Virtual Reality systems. The array of Virtual Reality applications in Science Communication is expected to be very wide including, and not limited to, Science Education, Science Centers and Museums, and Science Media. No or little information is available on Virtual Reality as a medium for Science Communication. The key objectives of this research is to investigate Virtual Reality potentials to change the way of communicating science. Group of experts, including academics and professionals, in different aspects of Science Communication are asked to complete a web-based questionnaire, which addresses a range of issues regarding Virtual Reality and Science Communication. This research is still in an early stage and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The results of this research will give important insights about the current state of Virtual Reality for Science Communication in addition to future prospects for this promising technology.

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