IGEM Outreach:Science Gallery
- Hokkaido iGEM 2011
- Location: Underground pedestrian space in Sapporo city center
We, the iGEM Hokkaido U team, held a science art gallery “BIO ART” at the center of Sapporo City as an event of “Human Practice” this year. This summer, we managed to exchange ideas on science with citizens and had the opportunity to think of new ways of communication between citizens and university students like us.
A society which citizens can think by themselves
Our team is studying T3SS which is “the smallest protein injector in the world” in wet-lab this year. This system requires a protein complex like a needle, which Salmonella has. What do you think when you hear Salmonella? Some people might say, “How dangerous it is to use such thing!” or “You should not use such harmful system!” However, if we can use this system appropriately, we will be able to get the most useful tool there has ever been.
Like the different views and risks of using Salmonella, there is so much misunderstanding of science technologies around us. “What should we do to remove the gap between citizens and researchers?” This was the first question of our Human Practice project. We tried to answer this question through this summer from a student’s prospective that'll be a researcher in the future. We discussed it at length, and finally we figured out what we should do. Our theme was to make, “A society which citizens can think by themselves”. Science technology develops so fast that it is difficult for citizens to keep up with. This has made it difficult for citizens to think carefully about science themselves. To improve this situation, we concluded that by showing the science technologies in a more simple and understandable way to the citizens, they will be more interested in it and be more active to think about science themselves without being lead by the media. They would also need to try to understand what is dangerous and why in order to find their own views towards science.
The way to become “citizens who can think by themselves”
In order to achieve the goal of becoming citizens who can think by themselves, we looked at what we could do with citizens.
We found a new way of communicating which introduced some factors below,
- know what citizens already know about science
- provide them correct knowledge about science
- have them enjoy science
We think we need to break from our shell of lectures and workshops and make this method to be a more attractive one.
From this, a science gallery “BIO ART” was born.
We made a 3D model of BIOXART gallery on the web. Enjoy!
You can click on everything and enjoy various contents.
The New Communication Tool, “BIO ART”
When we see this opportunity to think about science with citizens, BIO ART has to be simple and understandable. At the same time, “BIO ART” needs to be impressive and be able to produce it again. In order for this event to be successful, we are challenged to create a mixture of entertaining science and art, which it has been along with us from ancient days. From this conclusion, we were able to make this new kind of event besides the simple research presentation or art gallery we usually have. We were able to create this “BIO ART” gallery, thanks to our professors at Hokkaido University, who offered us photos and videos of fluorescent staining of cells and photos taken by an electron microscope. This gallery also has an opportunity to take science outside the laboratory by using art as a medium. By obtaining different materials from Hokkaido University as well as other universities, we are able to share our findings within the test tubes of the laboratory with our citizens. From this, we believe that we can get rid of the confusion that discourages people from wanting to know more about science. Through the “BIO ART” gallery, it'll be possible to appeal to citizens’ intellectual curiosity directly by showing the mysterious of genes and beautiful sceneries of scientific features. As a result, citizen will be able to see science in a new way. As well as improving: communicating with citizens. By talking with citizens about science, we can see how people feel towards science and find the ideal form of sharing science.
SUMMARY:The merits of BIO ART
- Ideas are simple
- Anyone can remake this gallery
- We can enjoy from our insight
- It is able to communicate with common topic (about science)
Thus, the idea itself is very simple, it’s possible to hold a gallery at a low cost, and to encourage everyone to become more interested in this new communication tool, which has a big potential in itself.
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