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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE® Net)

About This Collaboration

Advances in nanoscale science and engineering are producing new technologies in many fields, including medicine, computing, energy, and materials science. The NISE® Network works with science museums and research organizations to create new capacities to engage the public in learning about these advances and to help inspire young people to pursue STEM careers.

The Network:

  • Develops and disseminates educational products and experiences
  • Provides professional development training
  • Conducts informal science education research
  • Fosters partnerships between research institutions and science museums

The NISE® Net was launched in 2005 as a collaborative effort led by the Museum of Science, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Exploratorium, and 14 museums and universities across the nation.

Membership is free, and the Network sponsors NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs related to nanotechnology. The Museum of Science is the administrative center of the Network, and leads several Network efforts, including museum–research center partnerships; research and evaluation; universal design; science communication skill-building programs for early career scientists; and citizen deliberation efforts regarding the societal and ethical implications of emerging technologies.

NISE® Net Principal Investigators are Larry Bell (Museum of Science), Paul Martin (Science Museum of Minnesota), and Rob Semper (Exploratorium). Key Museum of Science staff include Carol Lynn Alpert, Eli Bossin, Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, Vrylena Olney, David Sittenfeld, and Karine Thate. For more information, email

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