Sensory Stories in Digital Times
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Communicating about science through the senses and body language. The Maastricht researchers offer innovative ways of communicating through the senses, for example listening to podcasts, analysing illustrations, or working with materials. In this way, the public – residents of Maastricht, listeners to local radio, visitors to exhibitions and festivals – are involved in a personal way in digital and technological developments in science, medicine, and art.
The researchers also train PhD students and organise workshops on science communication, video production, and writing for a wide general public. The team members each have their own expertise in science communication: podcasts, a web-based citizen science project, and contributions to online magazines and newspapers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have found creative ways of continuing their activities, for example the Artificial Podcast, which explores how art poses critical questions for technology, but also how technologies increasingly influence how we experience art.
The grant from the Rewarded! Fund represents recognition of the team and will help the researchers to share their ideas more effectively and continue exploring sensory digital science communication even after the pandemic, as well as improving training for the new generation of science communicators.
Anna Harris, associate professor
Other group members:
Lea Beiermann, promovendus
Veerle Spronck, promovendus
Sally Wyatt, hoogleraar
Joeri Bruyninckx, assistant professor