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ISSUE 23 - February 2018





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The Hands-On Universe: Making Sense of the Universe with All Your Senses (page 20)
Roberto Trotta

Keywords
Astronomy, public engagement, education, visual impairment, gastronomy, art and science, creative writing

Summary

For the past four years, the Hands-On Universe public engagement programme has explored unconventional, interactive and multi-sensorial ways of communicating complex ideas in cosmology and astrophysics to a wide variety of audiences. The programme lead, Roberto Trotta, has reached thousands of people through food-based workshops, art and science collaborations and a book written using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. In this article, Roberto reflects in first person on what has worked well in the programme, and what has not.