Celebrate National Science Week at Science on Show Saturday 20 August, 10am-3pm
Kate Phillips develops content for exhibitions, public events and publications on topics relating to science, technology and society for audiences of different ages, interests and backgrounds.
As a member of creative exhibition teams, Kate is responsible for content development and public communication across whole gallery spaces, an entire exhibition or individual exhibits depending on the scope of the project. To create dynamic and relevant experiences they use a range of media – from physical interactives and interactive multimedia and games, to immersive environments, to push button models and heritage object displays.
Kate was the Lead Curator on The Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum (2016) and Think Ahead at Scienceworks (2013) and prior to that the Science and Life Gallery Redevelopment at Melbourne Museum.
As well as ongoing participation in audience research for exhibitions, Kate is currently involved in a McCoy grant-funded project with University of Melbourne Researchers looking at the needs and interests of older adults in museums. In 2016 Kate was a key team member on two research projects focussing on young people in museums Engaging Children and Families in Museums with Melbourne University researchers and ‘Let’s go to the museum’: An investigation of the expectations and learning engagement of prior-to-school aged children and their families with Macquarie University researchers.
Qualifications MSc, Science Education, Curtin University, Perth, 1995-97 Grad Dip, Science Communication, The Australian National University, Canberra, 1988 BSc, Biology, 1st Class Honours, Macquarie University, Sydney 1984-87
Key publications Museum Exhibitions: Evaluation and Education, MuseumsEtc, 2010 (Chapter author) Melbourne's Wildlife: A field guide to the fauna of Greater Melbourne, CSIRO Press, 2006 (Coordinating writer)
Links • Think Ahead exhibition website • Dynamic Earth exhibition website • 600 Million Years exhibition website • Wild exhibition website • Dinosaur Walk exhibition website
Public Talk Connecting with Nature 5 June, 2017 Hobsons Bay City Council, World Environment Day celebration.
See some of the rarest and most fascinating species displayed at Melbourne Museum. Hear stories from Museums Victoria scientists as they discuss unique collections, covering everything from ancient fossils to live exhibits.
Create your own Marvellous Megafauna World or Triceratops Mask to take home while learning about endangered species and the places they call home.
Learn more below about the captivating talks, tours, interactive activities and exhibitions taking place during jam-packed science days this Sunday 20 August or check out the Saturday 12 August Science on show program.