Exhibition “The daily dilemmas of scientists”, opening on Friday 12 July at i3S – until September 2024

This exhibition visually expresses two sessions in which researchers from i3s were invited to inscribe the dilemmas they face in their professional daily life. The use of the “Two Buttons” meme, very popular on social media, served as a constant visual and metaphorical anchor, running through all individual reflections.

In this way, we intuitively aim to test a future articulation between formal scientific communication rhetorics and recognizable aesthetics/accessible testimonies. It is hoped that this “humanization of the researcher” will benefit audiences and patients who are currently not very receptive to the usual ways of doing and talking about science, to the point of rejecting it in favor of increasingly hostile and concerning pseudoscience and anti-science phenomena.

Coordination and Concept: Heitor Alvelos
Production: Susana Barreto, Rui Vitorino Santos, Eliana Penedos-Santiago
Focus Groups Coordination: Marta Fernandes
i3s Coordination: Anabela Nunes, Júlio Borlido Santos
UPTEC Coordination: André Forte
Graphic Design: Heitor Alvelos

A production by LUME – Unexpected Media Lab
@ ID+, Institute for Research in Design, Media, and Culture

Exhibition integrated into the SCI-BI project – An Infodemic of Disorientation: Communication Design as a mediator between scientific knowledge and cognitive biases. The case study of Portugal before, during, and after the pandemic. Project 2022.08322.PTDC funded by national funds through FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. DOI 10.54499/2022.08322.PTDC