What is a Science Gallery Mediator?
If you've ever visited a Science Gallery exhibition, then you'll probably have had a chat with one or more of our Mediators – a crack team of science fans with a passion for talking about science and the arts, who love nothing more than to talk nerdy to you.
The team is diverse in their academic, professional, and life experience – undergraduates and postgraduates, from astrophysics to zoology, and acting to zorbing. Many are undergraduate and postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin who work at Science Gallery part time during their studies.
Our mediators join us with enthusiasm for science and art. They are intrigued by communicating these ideas to the public and we train them to do so. We often take on people who are just starting out with working with the public and who want to build their confidence in doing so. We offer part-time shifts that are flexible around college schedules.
What do Science Gallery Mediators do?
First and foremost Science Gallery Mediators are here to talk to you – the Science Gallery visitors – about our exhibitions, and all of the head-scratching, future-facing, deep and philosophical questions they pose. You’ll find them on the floor here at Science Gallery, ready to chat to you about all sorts of topics sparked by our strange and wonderful exhibits.
But our Mediators are multi talented; you will also find them giving guided tours of our exhibitions, running mics at our events, carrying out experiments and demos in our public labs, and even making things go bang at Electric Picnic.
Here are just a few of the skills required to be a top-class mediator:
A proven interest in science, arts and design
Excellent verbal communication skills
An adaptable, flexible, and confident personality who enjoys talking to people
Self-starting, while being able to work effectively in a team setting
The 'X-factor' – weird and wonderful combinations of interests, subject specialities, and/or language skills
How did they become Mediators?
Some say they were born Mediators – others enquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and get a link to the online application form.