Nanototouch
Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums

The Projects has been funded by the Science in Society programme. It aims to communicate effectively research in the field of nanotechnology. Non specialised visitors will be involved in activities and debate through the direct contact with young researchers in action.

The NANOTOTOUCH proposal aims to create innovative environments for the broad public to learn about and to discuss nano research by directly involving the actors of research themselves.

Laboratory environment and the research work is taken out of enclosed academic campuses and relocated in science centres and museums. Three science museums and three science centres closely cooperate with local university partners to create three permanent Open Nano Lab locations (in Munich, Milan and Gothenburg) and three Nano Researcher Live areas (in Mechelen, Tartu and Naples). Here visitors can experience “live” the day-to-day practices and processes of nano research conducted by young scientists.

This equal basis dialogue between lay public and nano-researchers not only creates a bidirectional feedback, it also minimises the expert-to-lay bias (“top-down" approach) inherent present science communication processes with authoritative top researchers. In order to prepare the young scientists for this novel method of communication, NANOTOTOUCH also includes a strong communication skills training component.

NANOTOTOUCH establish also new role models for choosing science as a career.

Duration

2009 - 2011

Information

Sara Calcagnini
T 02 48 555 322
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- Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums
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- LIVE NANO RESEARCH IN PUBLIC ACROSS EUROPEAN SCIENCE CENTRES AND MUSEUMS (2 MB)

NANOTOTOUCH is funded with the support of the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.

Coordinator

Deutsches Museum, Germany

partners

Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen, Germany

Fondazione Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologica “Leonardo da Vinci”, Italy

C.I.Ma.I.Na. Italy

Universeum AB, Sweden

Chalmers, Tekniska Hoegskola AB, Sweden

Technopolis, Belgium

Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Sihtasutus Teaduskekskus Ahhaa, Estonia

Tartu Ulikool, Estonia

Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza, Italy

Association Européenne des Expositions Scientifiques, Techniques et Industrielles, Belgium

Technische Univeritaet Muenchen, Germany

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy