Dr Nurin Veis
Image: Eamon Gallagher
Source: Museum Victoria
New manager to celebrate creativity and innovation at Scienceworks
One of the world’s leading curators of human biology and medicine, Dr Nurin Veis, has been appointed the new Manager of Scienceworks.
Dr J. Patrick Greene, Museum Victoria CEO said that Dr Veis’ appointment heralded the beginning of an exciting new era for Scienceworks.
“Since opening in 1992, Scienceworks has opened the eyes of many to exploring concepts through interactive, hands-on exhibits. I am delighted to welcome Dr Nurin Veis to the role as she leads the development of Scienceworks well into the future,” Dr Greene said.
Dr Veis has bold plans for the 21 year old site, with a vision of innovation and cultural growth in line with the rapid development of Melbourne’s West. “I want people of all ages to be inspired by science – that’s where my motivation comes from,” Dr Veis said.
“I want to be able to open people’s eyes to something new, to something challenging, or to something they haven’t been able to access before.”
“We need to create immersive, contemporary experiences that draw people to Scienceworks not simply as a science museum, but as the science cultural centre of the West,” she added.
Previously with Museum Victoria, Dr Veis developed exhibitions including The Human Body and The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth, setting an international benchmark for exhibitions based on sensory and exploratory experiences.
She has extensive experience in the ethical display of human remains as well as establishing guidelines for the ethical display of artworks by people who have experience of mental illness and trauma.
“As a scientist, it’s an honour to be able to come into this role. Over 21 years, Scienceworks has seen approximately 8 million visitors, held more than 80 exhibitions and shows and continued to set the benchmark with its progressive approach to science education across Australia,” Dr Veis said.
Dr Veis has a background in biochemistry, immunology and cell biology, having worked as a post-doctoral medical researcher in both Melbourne and New York.
She has a keen interest in contemporary music, literature, filmmaking and story-telling.
Dr Veis replaces long-term Manager, Genevieve Fahey, who retired in February this year after 26 years with Museum Victoria.
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