Need for public participation in the governance of science centers

A. Bandelli, E.A. Konijn, J.W. Willems

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Science centers and museums are developing new strategies to increase inclusiveness, to engage the public more actively and to respond to the need to present contemporary science and research as part of their public programs. In order to do so, they need to increase the level of public participation not only to inform the development of specific exhibitions and programs, but also to share authority in their interpretive and decision-making process. However, existing models of governance do not allow for a formal role of the public in the decision making process. We review current practices in Europe and argue that a new model of governance for science centers is needed where public participation and consultation activities are integral components alongside the board, director and staff.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-104
Number of pages16
JournalMuseum Management and Curatorship
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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