Monthly Archives: June 2012

Icebreaker Lenin’s bridge

Icebreaker Lenin's bridge

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Picture from Icebreaker Lenin’s bridge

Picture from Icebreaker Lenin's bridge

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Icebreaker Lenin’s Wheel

Icebreaker Lenin's Wheel

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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

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Kolartic ENPI CBC Project Implementation Training Session

As the lead partner of the ICE project, Arctic Centre participated in the Kolartic ENPI CBC project implementation training session in Saajos/Inari 29.-30.5.2012. Present were project coordinator Ari Laakso, project secretary Kirsi Hannula and Kolartic ENPI officer responsible for the ICE project, Katja Sukuvaara. 

The training session was organized by the Kolartic ENPI office in Rovaniemi. The training session focused on project implementation and on the special project management requirements specified under the Kolartic ENPI CBC programme. 

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The First Working Meeting

The first working meeting of the ICE project was held in Polaria/Tromsö on the 15th of May. 

The idea with the first working meeting was to quickly meet all project partners and to get familiarized with the different partner institutions and their representatives. Present was representatives from Arctic Centre, Polaria and Atomflot.

The idea was to discuss and deliberate on project implementation and the different tasks to be performed by each partner. Some initial representations of what the exhibition content should include was also presented to facilitate for a common understanding. 

The High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment, the FRAM centre was also visited during the meeting as Polaria is affiliated to the FRAM. The FRAM centre houses 19 different research institutions with over 500 researchers conducting research in the Polar regions. Polaria uses FRAM as their knowledge provider in relation to Arctic issues.

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Official Start of the ICE Project

We are pleased to announce that the ICE project has officially started the 5th of May 2012. The duration of the project is 24 months so the projects end date will be the 4th of May 2014. This website will be updated with the latest news regarding the project. Please visit again soon.

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Press Release

Press release

University of Lapland/ Arctic Centre


Arctic Centre leads transformation of the first nuclear icebreaker into a Science Centre

The Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland with its partners Polaria, in Tromsoe (Norway) and Atomflot in Murmansk (Russia) have been granted 1.2 million Euro by Kolarctic ENPI CBC program to produce a science and historical exhibition on board Icebreaker Lenin. The project also aims at implementing activities related to education and tourism development in the exhibitions in each partner’s region.

The Arctic Centre will be the lead partner and act as the main exhibition producer in the project Arctic Expo Centre – Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Lenin – ICE.

Polaria and Arctic Centre are already well-established exhibition centres while Arctic Expo Centre in Murmansk is in its initial stages to develop into a science and exhibition centre. The project will enable the project-partners to share expertise and thereby to build a new science exhibition centre focusing on the Arctic. The project also facilitates the creation of an Arctic exhibition centre network in the concerned regions, enhancing future opportunities for development of tourism and education related activities.

“Through exchange of expertise and share of experiences each member will increase the opportunities to develop its own exhibition and activities such as education package for teachers and pupils on certain issues, special tours for tourists”, says chief executive producer Nicolas Gunslay, Arctic Centre.

The aim of the project is to develop new exhibitions and innovative communication tools as a means to improve the information on local and cross-borders concerns. This will help to facilitate a mutual understanding among neighbouring people about common issues and the Arctic.

“The goal is to raise awareness on topics related to the Arctic marine environment, climate change, and globalisation.”

As the exhibition is planned on board Icebreaker Lenin, the goal is also to tell about technology and history of icebreaking. These goals will be achieved through the planning and implementation of a science and historical exhibition and the development of common education and edutainment activities. Each centre will get identical exhibition elements that enable the sharing of important and up to date Arctic issues among the visitors in the different countries.

“The project provides a unique opportunity to support and develop joint education activities and to have a tool to disseminate important issues regarding the Arctic and its vulnerable environment.”

Icebreaker Lenin:

– Launched on 1957 and made operational in 1959

– The world’s first nuclear powered surface ship and the first nuclear powered civilian vessel

– Length 134 meters, width 27,6 m and height 16,1 m

– Displacement 16 000 tones

– While in operation, it had a crew of 240 persons

– Left service in 1989 for permanent berthing in Murmansk

– Is now a museum, soon also a science centre

More information:

Chief Executive Producer Nicolas Gunslay, Arctic Centre, +358 40 735 7296, Nicolas.gunslay(at)

Science Communicator Ari Laakso, Arctic Centre, +358 40 4844293, ari.laakso(at)

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