Jesse Shore

Dr Jesse Shore, of Prismatic Sciences, makes science meaningful to a variety of audiences. He places science in a cultural context, explores ideas from diverse and unusual perspectives and flavours it with a bit of fun. He is currently collaborating with an artist, Anne Penman Sweet, to create artworks which are touched by science.

Jesse has over 30 years of experience as a science communicator creating exhibitions, public events, science festivals and working with other communications media. He was an exhibition project leader during the building of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and their senior curator of sciences for 20 years.

Image reproduced courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski

Jesse Shore juggles science concepts to capture people's interests. This pose was used for an article about the Powerhouse Museum's 'Sport: More than heroes and legends' exhibition, 2003-2006.

Jesse weaves together many diverse media and subjects to tell a science story. His science and technology exhibitions combine artefacts, interactives, graphics, audiovisuals, commissioned sculptures, labels, poetry, art, history, design and a sense of humour. For events he mixes displays, lectures, demonstrations, staged performances, wandering actors (once involving a vampire and a fairy), quizzes and a few formats he has created to try something new or meet a specific need. Jesse attracts corporate and government sponsorship and grants for many of his projects.

Jesse's qualifications and experience include:

National president of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), 2010, 2011, 2012. The ASC is a professional network for people working in science and technology communication across Australia and overseas. It supports and represents those who make science accessible to diverse audiences and seeks to advance the profession of science communication. Jesse has been active in the ASC NSW branch since 1999.

Member of the Advisory Board for the newly formed ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) 2011-2012. CAASTRO aims to establish Australia as the world-leader in the emerging discipline of wide-field astronomy. The centre recognises the importance of clear communication of the scientific achievements of its researchers. Jesse brings his expertise as a professional science communicator to the board
For the International Year of Chemistry 2011 – Australia (IYC), Jesse developed the concepts, content and touring model (working with a design partner) for five exhibitions and managed their national tour. The travelling exhibitions were a featured IYC activity of the client, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and the tour continued for 4 years through 2014.  
On judging panels for The Big Blog Theory, a 2010 National Science Week competition to find Australia’s best science blogger, and for the Postgraduate Awards Event for the Australian Institute of Physics NSW Branch, 2009-present.

Powerhouse Museum senior curator of sciences, 1988-2008 and project team leader 1985-1988. Jesse created, directed and promoted a wide range of science exhibitions and events, including producing several of the museum’s National Science Week programs. He was appointed as senior curator after leading a project team to develop five long-term science and technology exhibitions which featured at the opening of the museum in 1988.

Exhibition development for Powerhouse Museum (selected projects): Nuclear matters (exhibition about nuclear science), 2007; Sport: More than heroes and legends, 2003-2006; Young Scientist exhibitions, 1991-2004.

Chair, treasurer and curator for the Ultimo Science Festival, 2006-2008, and one of the three initial creators of the festival.

Chair of 2001 National Science Week NSW coordinating committee and member from 1998-2002 and 2006-2007; chair of the National Science Week 2001 Grants Committee. Jesse was involved in activities for National Science Week from its national launch at the Powerhouse Museum in 1997 through 2008.

Member of steering committee of Science Exposed, 2004-2006, a science event for high school students organised by the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.

Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, 1977-1981

PhD Geology, University of California, Berkeley, 1977

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