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Survival of science centres in New Zealand: what we can learn

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The effectiveness with which science and technology centres are able to popularise science and technology is dependent on a medley of factors. Especially in regions of low population base, the necessary critical mass of visits may not be easily attainable in the face of inadequate funding, and this affects the very survival of these centres. The experience of Science Alive!, a science centre in New Zealand, provides a case study of how these constraints can be circumvented though the implementation of some bold initiatives

Keywords: science and technology centres, public understanding of science, New Zealand

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