The aim of this project is to design a method of public engagement that will create an opportunity for young adults in Bengaluru to engage with scientific topics from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Science Gallery Bengaluru is a public institution for Research based engagement. To mark the 150th year of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table, an exhibition was to be planned with the Royal Society of Chemistry. One of the critical concerns of the Anthropocene is the exploitation of various minerals and materials mined from the earth. The exhibition would use this iconic periodic table to begin a broader vital dialogue on the human use and abuse of elements. In order to develop an exhibition and series of interconnected programmes, an understanding was gained on exhibition methods, the target audience, and various formats of public engagement programmes. Building upon existing models, a series of exhibits was brought together that would act as entry points for visitors to begin engaging with the periodic table not just scientifically but also culturally. Using the artworks as starting points, a set of public engagement programmes was also conducted.
Keywords: elements, exhibition, periodic table, public engagement, science
Student Name: Madhushree Kamak
Guide: Dr. Bibhudutta Baral, Co-Guide: Dr. Aneesha Sharma