First in Geneva at the Musée d'Ethnographie (MEG), then in Paris at the Musée de l'Homme, the theatre play Genome Odyssey invited the public - children in particular - to dive into scientific research and the Aboriginal Australian traditions. A drawing exhibit around the play is celebrating this outreach project, spearheaded by SIB Group Leader Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas in collaboration with Laurent Excoffier, and coproduced by the University of Lausanne and SIB.
Genome Odyssey is a theater play inspired by the scientists' recent discoveries on the peopling of Australia. From October to November 2017 (Geneva) and in January 2018 (Paris) professional actors invited the public to follow our genomes on a walking journey to our origins.
Children were the focus audience of the play and they were asked to describe, in their own words through drawings, what a scientist is, before, but also after attending the theater play.
An exhibition in the hall of the Genopode Building on the University of Lausanne campus invites you to discover these drawings and to revisit the theater play in images. Out of the 600 original drawings collected, around 70 were selected based on their artistic quality. This beautiful selection is on display until 15 June 2018.
In addition, a public seminar 'Genome Odyssey : theatre as an effective way to teach scientific concepts to children' by Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas will take place at 3PM on 28 May (more information). It will be followed by a vernissage in presence of the project's team.