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Debating as an educational method to science and citizenship

Keywords: Democracy and science communication , Public engagement with science and technology , Social participation to science and technology , Perceptions of science and technology , Public communication of and discourses on science and technology , Policy-making , communication and governance of science

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If one of aims of science today is to respond to the real needs of society, it must find a new way to communicate with people and to be acquainted with their opinions and knowledge. Many science museums in Europe are adopting new ways to actively engage the public in the debate on topical scientific issues. The Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" in Milan (partner of the SEDEC project) has thus experimented some formats for dialogue with teachers and with the public in general. Our experience shows that museums can be places where science and the public on the one hand and democracy on the other meet.

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