We invite papers for a forthcoming book which will explore three related themes in relation to science exhibitions in museums:

•  the processes involved in developing new science exhibitions in and for museums;
•  the issues involved in transforming scientific ideas or events into exhibitions;
•  the challenges faced by museums in communicating science to a wide audience.

We are particularly interested in new, innovative and successful initiatives in this field.

Much has been written about the difficulties of disseminating science to the public through a variety of new and traditional media. It is, indeed, a complex subject to tackle in the exhibition space, yet a challenging and multidimensional one.

How best to understandthe process of working from scientific data to the ideas-based exhibition? What exactly is lost during the transformation of factual information into an exhibition environment? And more importantly, how can the exhibition work most effectively as a tool for narrating science, its past and present?

We welcome a range of submissions including, but not limited to, the following issues/themes:

·          both theoretical perspectives and case studies relating to science exhibitions
·          exhibition design for science: problems and opportunities
·          successful design techniques and approaches in relation to science displays
·          science communication in the museum: interpretation issues
·          learning activities and science collections
·          developing learning resources for science exhibitions
·          object stories and science learning
·          exhibitions interpreting the history of science  

Please submit an abstract (up to 400 words) and a biographical note (up to 250 words) by email to both:

Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti
Museologist and Historian of Science
DemocritusUniversity of Thrace, Greece
[email protected]

Graeme Farnell
Publisher, MuseumsEtc Ltd, UK
[email protected]

Deadline for abstracts and bio 30 September 2009. Selection for inclusion 30 October 2009