Portal To The Public - Carol Lynn Alpert Presentation

Carol Lynn Alpert
Director, Strategic Projects, Museum of Science, Boston, and PI for Research Center - ISE Partnerships (RISE) for the NSF Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network.

What do we mean when we say face-to-face? The modes and formats for researcher - public interactions are diverse; these need to be carefully characterized before generalizations can be made.  Everything - including the choice of whom to invite and the structure of the interaction - reflects who we are, who we think the researchers are, and who we think our audiences are -  as well as what impact the encounter is likely to have on all these participants.  We must ask ourselves: What is it that we, our partners, and our audiences truly seek from these experiences and how can we best build on these collective yearnings and expectations?