The way we do, share and communicate science is changing. Science has never been more relevant to daily life, yet so often misunderstood, distrusted or even ignored. Meanwhile, swissnex San Francisco has identified a number of critical new trends in science communication and public engagement: immersive, two-way, visual, data-driven, decentralized, actionable, interdisciplinary, story-rich, fun, and live. It is our task at swissnex to ensure that Switzerland benefits and makes use of these trends in pursuit of the public understanding of science. This is particularly important in a country where people vote on highly complex scientific issues in a direct democracy.
The Pier 17 Science Studio is a fellowship that supports emerging talents in science communication and public engagement to develop new ideas, practices, and models aimed at building open dialogues around science, society, and the wider challenges facing us today. Fellows traveling from Switzerland spend up to three months working within swissnex San Francisco’s new creative hub at Pier 17. They produce projects that are novel and interdisciplinary in nature, which both challenge and inform audiences. The program offers them exposure to the Bay Area’s dynamism and creativity, an extensive network of local mentors and partners, visibility, and financial aid. We aim to spark a new generation of science advocates working to drive public dialogue and promote new ways of thinking about science.
Was ist das Besondere an diesem Projekt?
Dedicated to Swiss participants, the Pier 17 Science Studio focuses on cross-disciplinary and collaborative approaches that take advantage of not only the Bay Area’s ecosystem of science organizations, but also its technology, creative, artistic industries. Fellows have access to technical expertise to build a wireframe, or a tinkering studio to build a robot. They can meet with artists-in-residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9 to discuss how design and art connect with technology and science. Scientists at UC Berkeley, journalists at Wired, designers at IDEO, developers at Google, and exhibit builders at the Exploratorium can help them develop their ideas. Finally, at Pier 17, fellows can test their project with live audiences in our exhibition and event spaces, as well as discuss it with the various technologists, academics, entrepreneurs, and creatives sharing our offices. The focus of the program is precisely to foster exchange and innovation for the next step in science communication and outreach.
The first year of the Pier 17 Science Studio program coincided with swissnex San Francisco’s first full year as an organization at Pier 17. We fully embraced this extraordinary new location and started to experiment with new models and formats as we welcomed our three first fellows. Pier 17 Science Studio offered a common thread to all of our science communication activities, giving an additional voice to the swissnex gallery with exhibitions such as Climate Garden 2085, and through other swissnex programs such as Digital Campus and UNIGE Digital Fellows.
During the second year of Pier 17 Science Studio, we will ramp up the program to five fellows and create new channels to share insights with the Swiss ecosystem, including a monthly science communication newsletter. We are also launching a two-week intensive “Storytelling Academy” in Fall 2018 for our fellows, the winner of SNSF’s Optimus Agora prize, mentors, and other participants. Inspired by the model of our startup camps, the idea is to design a program to learn and exchange on innovative formats that push the boundaries of storytelling, including things like social media, VR, AR, podcasting, chatbots, AI-augmented stories, and art-science collaborations.
A press release is planned for September 2016 to announce the program. News stories, blog posts, and social media attention will highlight each fellowship outcome and benefit the target communities.
Am Projekt beteiligte Personen
Letzte Aktualisierung dieser Projektdarstellung 04.07.2018