Keywords: science centre, university, industry, education, science communication
Building public knowledge: collaborations between science centres, universities and industry
Science centres have emerged over the past forty years as a specialised medium for communicating science in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Science centres pride themselves on their ability to bridge the intellectual and affective gap between the scientist and non-scientist, in the process building awareness and appreciation of the role of science in our everyday lives. Universities and industry make powerful partners in the development of new content, for it is in these realms that the new science is developed. In addition, collaborations between science centres and universities provide a means for educating a new generation of science communicators. Science centres around the world are using collaborations to create outstanding science experiences for their audiences.