The Power Of Astronomy Museums

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 8:35 p.m. - 8:55 p.m.
Friday Dec. 1, 2023
UTC: 12:35 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.

Astronomy Museums serve not only as repositories for the wonders of the universe, but also as catalysts for exploration, inspiration, and transformative learning. These spaces represent a convergence of the past with the future, where science intersects with culture, and the power of education assumes a cosmic dimension. But, many of the important dimensions that museums hold are common dimensions in Astronomy Education. That is to say, our Astronomy Education initiatives can learn from Museum education and take advantage of the non-science aspects to engage with the various public.

About Patrícia Figueiró Spinelli

Patrícia Figueiró Spinelli has a PhD in Astrophysics from the International Max Planck Research School of Astrophysics, Germany. During her PhD studies, she got deeply in love with science outreach, being one of the co-founders of the IYA2009 special project GalileoMobile. Currently, she is a public astronomer at the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences, in Rio de Janeiro. She is also a researcher and lecturer in the area of science education and communication at the Graduate Program in the Public Communication of Science, Technology, and Health at Fiocruz. Patricia is also the Brazilian coordinator of the Portuguese Expertise Language Centre Office of Astronomy for Development (PLOAD-IAU).