ECSITE: Scouting for Science Centre Exhibition Design and Manufacturing Companies

Representatives from the ICE project attended the 23rd annual ECSITE conference in Toulouse/France from 30.5 – 2.6.2012. ECSITE is The European Network of Science Centres and Museums which has more that 400 member institutions in over 50 countries.

Members include science centers and museum, science festivals, natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, universities, research organizations and companies communicating and engaging the public in science through accessible, interactive exhibits and programs.

The representatives of the ICE project main task was to investigate the current trends in science centre and science museum exhibitions and to scout for potential exhibition design and manufacturing companies willing to take part in tender(s) related to designing and manufacturing a science centre onboard nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin. The tendering process will be started in the first half of year 2013.

Of special interest were companies that had already experience in building interactive elements that are related to our project. The themes of interest were exhibitions in small spaces, exhibitions onboard ships/trains, exhibitions related to the Arctic/Antarctic, exhibitions about nuclear power, exhibitions about navigation and exhibitions/exhibits that could be shared(duplicated) among the project partners and externally updated. These are some of the issues that we discussed with the companies present in the ECSITE conference’s business bistro.

To all the companies that showed interest, we will provide our contact information and the address to this project blog. Through this website we will publish project updates and distribute information regarding the topics around which the science/historical exhibition onboard icebreaker Lenin probably will evolve. By publishing a open blog related to the ICE project, we hope that the companies interested will have more time and background knowledge to process the idea of designing and manufacturing a science centre exhibition onboard Icebreaker Lenin.

For more information, please feel free to contact:

Ari Martin Laakso

ICE project coordinator

+358 40 4844293

ari.laakso@ulapland.fi

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