The premises are unusual: a multidisciplinary group composed of designers, architects, microbiologists, students, and citizens gathered at the Alpine Biology Center, situated at 2000 meters in the breathtaking setting of the Swiss Alps. The goal is ambitious: to co-design an informative exhibition on microbiological research conducted at Lake Cadagno, in Val Piora.
This experience, conducted by the Institute of Design in collaboration with the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within the Agora projects, provides an opportunity to reflect on how to leverage the unique characteristics of Lake Cadagno to develop a permanent and traveling exhibition that informs and engages the public.
During the presentation, the strategies and co-design method adopted to foster interdisciplinary synergy, facilitate communication across different fields, and share knowledge and expertise will be illustrated. The detailed workshop program and the roles assigned to the various working groups will also be presented. Finally, the importance of co-design in promoting participation towards more effective and, above all, engaging scientific communication will be reflected upon.