The Zurich Node of the Planetary Collegium. Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Zurich, Switzerland.

Juanita Schlaepfer-Miller

About the Research This research investigates the role of art in informal science learning for scientific experts and non-experts; to compare a “ritual” model to a “transmission” model of communication; to review the way art can change consciousness of environmental issues, and to ask how environmental awareness can translate into behavioural change in the conduct of science and in societal as well as individual decisions about the use of resources. A case study will be the science communication issues associated with the introduction of plant-based fuels as a replacement for fossil fuels in Mozambique, Tanzania and Switzerland. About the Researcher A global nomad, Juanita Schläpfer-Miller was born 1966 in the U.S.A., grew up in England and as an adult has lived in Central America and San Francisco and since 1997 has lived and worked in Zürich. Currently a research associate at the University of the Arts in Zürich her professional background is in exhibition development for science centres. She was an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium where she developed interactive artworks on the theme of complexity in nature and self-organising systems. Her education includes a BA in Communication Studies and Sociology from the University of London and a MSc in Science Communication from the Open University. Website