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
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.
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.
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.