When Galileo published the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems in Italian in 1632, challenging the belief in the centrality of the Earth, he began a tradition of communicating science to the public through dramatic art form. Although science is more accessible today than in Galileo’s time, the current pace of discovery creates an even more urgent need to communicate scientific findings effectively to the public. To meet this need, the CCE has engaged artists to work with our scientists to create public works of art to help explain our science - reaching broader audiences in creative ways. The results have been remarkable.
The Center for Chemical Evolution and Stated Clearly produce animations in English and Spanish that communicate contemporary chemistry research to the public and in the classroom. This is the Center's primary vehicle for communicating its research content and focus to public audiences.
One of the easiest ways for people to learn new things is through story. The Center for Chemical Evolution pursues outreach collaborations based in narrative to make accessible new scientific information and to showcase the people who discover it. To this end, we have collaborated with Encyclopedia Show, Fusion Science Learning, Ari Daniel, and Story Collider on a host of story-based programs to share what we're now learning about chemical evolution.
Scientists are funny, and people can learn while they laugh. The CCE partners with groups like You're the Expert and Solve for X to get scientists out of their comfort zones and to get the public excited about research and discovery.