Behind the Exhibit: Displaying Science and Technology in Museums and World’s Fairs
Elena Canadelli

What are the narratives that stay behind the public display of scientific artefacts and collections? How has scientific heritage been used in the public arena of the museum today as well as one century ago? The lesson will focus on the complex relationship that national and international exhibitions and science museums have had over the years, dealing also with the birth and diffusion of science museums. Among many examples, the seminar will focus also on the case study of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.

The impact of digital media on Visual Communication of Science
Elena Milani 

Digital communication is becoming more visual: images and videos are regularly uploaded, downloaded, edited, re-contextualised, shared and re-shared on the Internet and social media outlets.
Though these visuals are widespread online, we still lack tools to discern their accuracy, authenticity and potential interpretations.
This impacts science communication in particular, as the wrong or doctored image can influence public perception of scientific controversies (e.g. vaccinations).
This lesson will provide examples and case studies of the factors to consider when interpreting and choosing online images for science communication.

Assistant Professor in History of Science at the University of Padova, Elena Canadelli is a Historian of Science interested in visual studies in science, science museum studies, cultures of natural history, the history of evolutionary thought and the relationship between science and popular culture.
She is the author of several books and articles and she is currently writing a book about how science uses images to be published in 2019 and editing a volume for the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press on artefacts, scientific museums and exhibitions along the XX century.

Elena Milani is a research fellow for the European Project RETHINK, and a member of the Science Communication Unit at the University of West of England.
She is currently involved in mapping the European digital science communication landscape and identifying gaps and best practices in online communication of science.
Her PhD in Science Communication focused on how pro- and anti-vaccine images are shared among different Twitter communities and what they say.
Elena had work experience in digital communication, and she has an academic background in neuroscience.

Course Features

Language English
Hours 16
Assessments Yes