Explore the novel Coronavirus exhibition for Inside Explorer
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, more than ever, the importance of science communication. The novel Coronavirus exhibit in Inside Explorer communicates scientific research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 in a way that makes it easier to grasp the ever changing reality we are living in.
Discover the invisible core
The COVID-19 related exhibition in Inside Explorer will enable users to explore both the virus itself and the effects on the human body. In the same way as our other exhibits, it is based on the latest scientific data, such as scans from 3D electron microscopes and Computed Tomography (CT). Our exhibition will guide the user from the first confirmed case infected by the SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China in 2019 through the worldwide outbreak to a current situation status in the autumn of 2020.
The exhibition will include an interactive image of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and a microscopically scanned Spike protein from the SARS-CoV-2 enlarged to a size that is visible to the human eye. By studying the virus particle, and taking part of the latest science, users will learn about why it enters our bodies, how it infects us and how the virus got so viral in such short time.
Apart from learning about an invisible entity, the goal is to also spread knowledge about COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. We aim to show the different symptoms the virus can cause once it has infected a human, and to support this message, include a visualization of a pair of CT-scanned lungs in an infected patient.
What is it for?
The Corona Exhibition is an interactive exhibit for Inside Explorer made for public education. The annotations are meant to be understood by children and adults without prior knowledge, or with little knowledge about viral infections in general. For the very youngest of children the colourful images and visualizations spark fascination, for the more mature audience, the exhibition gives a detailed narrative of the world changing pandemic. It is an experience where families, or classmates, can gather and explore together.
The Corona exhibition is thought to be a full educational tool used for teaching and to create dialogue even with an older audience. We are expecting to release the exhibition during autumn 2020.
Our collaborating partners in this exhibition are:
- SciLife Lab at The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
- Visualiseringscenter and Linkoping University, Sweden
- Nanographics, Vienna, Austria
- Dr. Lars Edling, Infectious Disease Specialist, Örebro Universitetssjukhus, Örebro, Sweden
- Norman Gellada, Imaging specialist, 3D and advanced visualization at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles
- Dr. Altair Costa, Thoracic surgeon at the Federal University Hospital in Sâo Paolo, Brazil
The exhibition is still in its production phase and we might need to do some changes depending on the information we access from researchers post this day.