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Travelling Science Showcase

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Travelling Science Showcase

Website 450x300 18The ‘Showcasing Our Unique Technologies’ project was a collaboration with the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the Dodd-Walls Centre and the Otago Museum, we took hi-tech stories to museums around the country to the general public in a novel way.

The ‘Mighty Small, Mighty Bright’ travelling showcase was an interactive exhibition around material science, nanotechnology and photonics to engage people in the work of the two Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and to illustrate the journey of science from the lab to New Zealand homes and businesses.

It made use of hands-on activities, videos, live displays and virtual reality, as well as examples of end-product materials and technologies that are the result of our research.

This novel approach to outreach helped address the challenge of delivering information to different areas around New Zealand by designing a showcase that was portable and adaptable to different spaces.

Working in partnership with the two museums allowed us to leverage the deep science communication and exhibition design knowledge and skills within the museums to translate our research into an engaging exhibition format.

The exhibition kicked off at MOTAT in Auckland in May and then headed south to open at Te Manawa in Palmerston North in November.


MOTAT’s partnership with the MacDiarmid Institute resulted in a wonderful exhibition, bringing complex science to a broad audience.

REBECCA BRITT Exhibitions Manager MOTAT