Picturing Science

Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 6pm - 8pm

Location: Science House Thorndon

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1. Talk: ‘Picturing science’, 1 March, Wellington

massimiano-bucchi-homeHow do we present the big issues in science both in New Zealand and overseas?  What do we do well and what could we do better? The third of the three ‘Talking Science‘ presentations is focused on using visuals to communicate science with Professor Massimiano Bucchi, Professor of Science and Technology in Society and of Science Communication at the University of Trento, Italy.

Since Hooke’s Micrographia (1665), modern science has used images to communicate, initially with drawings and diagrams and later photographs, satellite images and film. In the age of digital communication, we are all constantly immersed in a visually dense environment and this is particularly true when it comes to science and technology. The quality – and sometimes even the beauty – of imagery has acquired great importance. In the popular domain, infographics play an important role in communicating complex information simply, and the presentation of data in an interactive form has become common place for leading digital outlets. But do we have the competence to decipher all these images, which are often complex and elaborate?

Professor Bucchi will be joined in discussion with Dr Chris McDowall, Manager DigitalNZ, chaired by Peter Griffin, Director, Science Media Centre.

Details: 6pm Tuesday 1 March, Te Whare Apārangi, Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington. Free.  View more on website or register on Eventbrite.

Organiser: Royal Society of New Zealand.

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