Science Centres and Science Events

A Science Communication Handbook

  • Anne-Marie Bruyas
  • Michaela Riccio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anne-Marie Bruyas, Michaela Riccio
    Pages 1-5
  3. Science in Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Giuseppe Vittorio Silvestrini
      Pages 9-13
    3. Pietro Greco
      Pages 15-25
    4. Luigi Amodio
      Pages 27-46
  4. Science Centres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
  5. Practical Guidelines to Approach Science Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Guglielmo Maglio
      Pages 71-77
    3. Mario Campanino
      Pages 91-95
    4. Rossella Parente, Alessandra Zanazzi
      Pages 97-102
    5. Diana Angela Palma
      Pages 103-108
    6. Carlo Guardascione
      Pages 109-117
    7. Fiorella Iuliano
      Pages 119-123
    8. Francesco De Matteis
      Pages 125-130
    9. Enrico de Capoa
      Pages 151-155
    10. Franca Sibilio, Rosa Giordano
      Pages 157-159
  6. From Theory to Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Guglielmo Maglio
      Pages 163-179
  7. Technical Annex 1, Cookbook of Science Demos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Guglielmo Maglio
      Pages 183-183
    3. Giulia Gaeta, Elisa Rampone, Federico Brigida
      Pages 185-190
    4. Flora Di Martino
      Pages 191-196
    5. Alessandra Zanazzi, Anna Porro, Rossella Parente
      Pages 197-202
    6. Guglielmo Maglio, Riccarda D’Onofrio
      Pages 203-213
    7. Mario Campanino
      Pages 215-218
  8. Technical Annex 2, Other Examples of Activities and Projects

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 233-234

About this book


The idea for this text stemmed from the fruitful experience gathered during the training course of 9 Nigerian university students organized in Naples from 3 to 18 September 2008 by the team of Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza under the project Science Centre Owerri. The training course turned out to be not only an educational opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for these students, but also a real and practical tool that later led to the realization of the first Science Festival of Owerri in Nigeria in May 2009. This in turn sparked the idea of creating a highly practical handbook for those who want to face the challenge of developing new projects for the dissemination and socialization of science in developing countries. In these countries, the role of scientific education and training in schools is not sufficient to arouse scientific curiosity among young people and make the population aware of the importance of scientific knowledge in everyday life. Moreover science and technology are indispensable tools for people’s empowerment and should be supported with actions that encourage curiosity about science and the intelligent use of technology to bridge the divide with developed countries. It is therefore necessary to set up activities that are carefully targeted to promote and communicate science. The text has been designed as a practical guide to be used in a variety of contexts: scientific events or more structured science festivals, training, the creation of scientific cultural associations, and the development of new science centres. Besides being an excellent tool for training and supporting the design and planning phases, the manual can also be used as a reference work for institutions and local cultural services which have to select projects of this type.


Cultural development Science and society Science centres/events Science communication Science education

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne-Marie Bruyas
    • 1
  • Michaela Riccio
    • 2
  1. 1., International RelationsFondazione IDIS-Città della ScienzaNaplesItaly
  2. 2., International RelationsFondazione IDIS-Città della ScienzaNaplesItaly

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