Graham Walker: The science of science shows, an academic seminar with dramatic demonstrations

Date & time

5–6.30pm 8 August 2013

Event series

Emotions, enthusiasm, interactivity, relevance, curiosity and motivation are critical factors in many science communication activities, especially science shows. In a crazed hybrid academic seminar come dramatic science show, Graham will discuss these variables, the key literature relating to them from formal and informal learning and psychology, and their actual effects during a show, as determined through his PhD research. Ideas will be brought to life with demonstrations, frequently. Graham will also reflect on how his PhD research has affected his science shows, such as retrofitting motivational variables to demonstrations, and muse over some insights from his journeys abroad, for example, when is relevance negative?

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