Kate Phillips

Senior Curator, Science Communication

Kate Phillips
Kate Phillips
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Kate has a BSc Honours (genetics and ecology) from Macquarie University, a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the Australian National University and an MSc Science Education from Curtin University. Kate worked in interactive science centres in the UK and Australia before coming to Museum Victoria. She has been the curator on twelve exhibitions on diverse topics including cell science, sewerage treatment, toys, biodiversity and sport science and most recently four exhibitions making up the Science and Life Gallery redevelopment.

Current exhibitions

  • Dynamic Earth Science and Life Gallery, Melbourne Museum, 2010
  • 600 million years: Victoria evolves Science and Life Gallery, Melbourne Museum, 2010
  • Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world Science and Life Gallery, Melbourne Museum, 2009
  • Dinosaur Walk Science and Life Gallery, Melbourne Museum, 2009
  • Cells and DNA Human Mind and Body Gallery, Melbourne Museum, 2007
  • Sportsworks Scienceworks, Melbourne, 2006
  • Muck Bunker Stormwater Experience Scienceworks, Melbourne, 2004
  • Toys: Science at play Travelling exhibition, developed by Scietech Discovery Centre, Perth and Scienceworks, Melbourne, 2003
  • Sewerage treatment Eastern Sewerage Treatment Plant, Bangholme, Melbourne, 2001

 

Past exhibitions

  • Southern Diversity Science and Life Gallery, Melbourne Museum, 2000
  • Zoom in Travelling exhibition, developed by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, 1996
  • Science of Life Welcome Trust Headquarters, London, 1989

Publications

  • Museum Exhibitions: Evaluation and education, MuseumsEtc, 2010 (Chapter author)
  • Melbourne’s Wildlife: A field guide to the fauna of Greater Melbourne, CSIRO Press, 2006 (Coordinating writer)

Kate is Lead Curator on the next long-term exhibition being developed at Scienceworks. The exhibition, with the working title, Think Ahead, will be about imagining the future. It is due to open in December 2013.

Kate was Lead Curator on the Science and Life Exhibition Redevelopment Project at Melbourne Museum involving four exhibitions Dinosaur Walk, Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, 600 million years: Victoria evolves and Dynamic Earth, completed in 2010. These exhibitions have been recognised with eleven awards including three international museum awards.

Kate is responsible for research, writing and coordination of content for exhibitions, websites and publications on natural science themes.

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