The promotion of an environmental science museum such as the one being built by the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) represents for specialists the opportunity to have an entity of inclusion and social coexistence, to promote education, and to conform as a space of dialogue about the history, change and the future of science for the understanding of the environment.
This was shared by experts in museology within the forum “A science museum … for what?” carried out within the framework of the 35th edition of the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, and which was moderated by the physicist and popularizer of Science, Juan Nepote.
In her virtual participation from the United States, the director of the Independent Exhibitions museum, explained within the 19 points of her manifesto the reasons for the relevance of a museum like this, among which they found that society needs spaces that are guardians of evidence about human history, the changes it has experienced, and its resilience, but also how these factors are related to the planet and the human environment.
For a museum like this to be successful, he added, it is necessary that it attracts different audiences not only through its exhibitions aimed at different sectors of society, but also allows disciplines to be mixed and that visitors can carry out experimental actions that allow them to know, learn and let their imagination flow from their preferences and ways of understanding.
For his part, the museographer Ricardo Rubiales pointed out that because a museum detonates what can be learned about what is and what is not, from science, it must include spaces and actions aimed at all educational sectors, from preschool to postgraduate studies, but with an opening for change. A museum like that of Environmental Sciences at UdeG, he added, “is set up as a space for contemporary discussion about the future of science.”
In addition, he said, according to the example shown by the Sinaloa Science Center, a museum of this type becomes a social articulator thanks to the open public spaces that make it up, such as the green areas that are constituted in areas of coexistence without having to pay to enter the museum itself.
For her part, the coordinator of the science and culture communication program of the ITESO Cultural Promotion Center, Maya Viesca, explained that this space, beyond constituting itself as a place where you can learn about science, is conformed as the place where society can be a participant in its own culture and richness of diversity, which will allow it to better understand its role in relation to its environment.
“It is disruptive, daring, to do a project like this, precisely because the mainstream (trend) is going the other way. I think that in itself making a museum is revolutionary, and making a science museum even more so. We live with an enormous need to build a techno-scientific citizenship, which has many more possibilities to face the challenges that this type of constructions pose to us, it is no longer a matter of elites, but of empowering ourselves to be able to dialogue, to be able to build much more balanced relationships , responsible for what is coming in the future ”, expressed the academic.
Finally, the director of the Museum of Environmental Sciences, Eduardo Santana, pointed out that these types of places are formed as spaces that offer additional education that is not sometimes not offered in classrooms, but that enrich what is learned in them and that collaborate in the democratization of society.
“For those who have not had the benefit, privilege and opportunity of having a formal education, these informal spaces in museums, libraries, cultural houses, parks, are essential to make the best decisions in a democracy, which are not always obtained from the television, the newspaper or the newspapers ”, expressed.
In addition, he said, due to the fact that the Museum of Environmental Sciences represents a space that seeks to establish itself as a social articulator, there is currently a debate on the search for a name that can meet all its characteristics.