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Energy and communication at The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

It’s so exciting when you let things go and then they return!

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a source of inspiration and knowledge for anyone who’s interested in humanity’s interest in harnessing elemental forces to help us do work.

We went on a trip to the museum right at the beginning of our Art and Energy journey to stimulate our thinking and make connections. But because we’ve been so busy, we let our thread of early connection drop.



However, today we’re feeling excited today because we’ve agreed to participate in a symposium about energy and communication on 24-25 July.

The knowledge exchange event will give us a chance to explore questions about communication and culture that feel relevant in our work and for our times and we look forward to demonstrating some of our artworks and sharing what we’ve learned so far about the importance of creativity and crafting to help people connect with energy systems.

AND we’ll get a chance to visit the museums exciting new exhibition about the sun! (It will be on display until Jan 2020 if you fancy a trip)

Text from the symposium organisers:

Energy is a topic that encompasses challenges and opportunities of tremendous scale and consequences. Environmental problems loom large in global discussions among energy experts and in public debate, with the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change facing the challenge of implementation and international policy alignment, especially with regards to the use of fossil fuels.

Changing the impact of our energy consumption through decarbonisation and a transition to renewable energy is crucial for overcoming the climate crisis, but achieving behavioural change is a highly complex and difficult process.

The energy landscape in the UK is undeniably changing. There has been a surge in renewable energy use, while an increasing proportion of the energy provision business is being decentralised.

Technological developments such as smart grids, smart meters and electric vehicles are transforming the ways energy users consume resources and understand the ramifications of their consumption habits. Yet, technology is just one among many factors that bring about an energy transition.

Change requires synchronised adjustments to energy supply and demand and the latter is dependent on modifying consumers’ behaviours, attitudes and beliefs.

As energy consumption incorporates practices that are shaped by knowledge and information available to users, communication plays a significant part in influencing social change. Communication is also crucial to enable energy users to make informed decisions on broader social and environmental concerns related to energy policy and provision at local, national and global scales. Improvements in energy related communication are vital in facilitating transition to a sustainable energy path