European Project CSRC – (Cyprus Science and Research Center)
The University of Cyprus responded to a call for proposals for Horizon 2020, the European Union’s newest research and innovation framework program. The objective of Horizon is to establish a center for research and scientific education in Nicosia. The center will facilitate interdisciplinary scientific research, education, responsible citizenship, and innovation, creating a teaching and learning environment for science and STEAM technology (Science – Technology- Engineering- Arts- Mathematics).
Universcience joined a consortium of 15 partners from 6 European countries, bringing its expertise in cultural engineering, museology and business planning as part of a feasibility study. During the first year, Universcience has greatly enriched the CSRC project in terms of know-how, good mediation practices, exhibition concept design and consultation. The consultation covered a wide variety of topics, including the project’s economic model and the themes of expositions and scientific events that will be hosted by the center in the future. The center is scheduled to open in 2026.
The consortium for the official launching of the Cyprus Science and Research Center met for the first time at the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia, from September 20-22, 2017. This led to three more meetings (in Naples, Paris, and Nicosia) and a seminar in museology led by Universcience, held on November 29, November 30, and December 1, 2017.
The closing meeting of Phase One of the project was held in Cyprus from June 14 to 16, 2018. Pursuing further collaboration, Universcience is preparing for Phase 2, which will consist of another EU Call for proposals by the Commission for Horizon 2020’s program “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.” The deadline for this submission is November 15, 2018.
The CSRC project is coordinated by the University of Cyprus (UCY).
To learn more about this project: http://cysrc.eu/index.php/en/
To risk or not to risk at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem
As part of the France-Israel 2018 season, our exhibition "to risk or not to risk" is presented at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem from June 22 to December 10, 2018.
Entitled "On the edge", the exhibition was inaugurated by Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, Maya Halévy, Director of the Bloomfield Science Museum in the presence of the French Ambassador to Israel, Mrs Hélène Le Gall.
Universcience teams in Geneva for Ecsite 2018
The annual Ecsite conference of European science centres opened on 7 June 2018 at the CICG in Geneva (Switzerland).
A 3-day program of conferences and workshops on the theme "Creative collisions" in which several Universcience members participate.
You can also meet the Universcience teams on the Business Bistro at booth n°15.
"Urban mutations, the city is ours" presented in Dunkerque
An adaptation of the exhibition "Urban mutations, the city is ours" retitled "The city is ours, urban becomings" is presented at the Halle aux Sucres in Dunkerque from 24 February to 16 June 2018, as part of a cycle dedicated to the city of tomorrow.
The Bon appétit! exhibition presented at the New-York Hall of Science
The Bon appétit! exhibition makes its first touring trip to the United States. Inaugurated on Friday, February 16 at the New York Hall of Science, it will be open until May 13, 2018.
The exhibition explains how the digestive system works, brand marketing strategies, eating habits of other cultures and much more... So if you're in New York, what are you waiting for?
Darwin the original in Argentina
The exhibition "Darwin el original" was inaugurated on Wednesday 14 February at Tecnopolis, the science centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the "Yo Soy Festival" which runs from 15 February to 3 March 2018. On this occasion, the Argentinean Minister of Culture welcomed the cooperation between Tecnopolis and Universcience and stressed the importance of presenting to the Argentinean public productions of Darwin's quality.
The exhibition should then tour the Argentine territory.
Universcience at IPS 2018 in Toulouse, France
Universcience teams are at the 2018 International Planetarium Symposium, which is being held for the first time in Toulouse, France, from July 1 to 5, 2018.
They present the offer related to the planetarium such as films but also the development of augmented reality glasses for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as expertise in museology.
Inauguration of the exhibition Pasteur the experimenter
On Wednesday evening, December 13th, Bruno Maquart welcomed the President of the Republic, the Minister of Solidarity and Health and the Minister of Culture to the Palais de la découverte for the inauguration of Pasteur the experimenter.
The exhibition is presented at the Palais de la découverte until August 19th 2018.
Our exhibition Leonardo da Vinci in Lodz (Poland)
After a successful world tour in Munich, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and London (more than 720,000 visitors), the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci, Projects, Drawings, Machines" is about to make its final tour at the EC1 centre in Lodz, Poland.
The exhibition was entitled in Polish:"Leonardo da Vinci - the energy of the mind".
The opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday 24 November in the presence of representatives of the Deutsches Museum, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan, Universcience as well as the ambassadors of France, Germany and Italy to Poland.
Universcience at SCWS 2017 in Tokyo
The Science Centres World Summit opened on 14 November at the Miraikan in Tokyo with the CEO Forum, attended by our President Bruno Maquart.
This will be followed by 3 days of conferences and workshops on the theme "Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future".
Universcience will also be present on the Marketplace at stand n°15.
Launch of the Cyprus science and research center project
The consortium for the official launch of the Cyprus Science and Research Center project met for the first time at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia from 20 to 22 September 2017.
The purpose of this future center is to establish a center of excellence in research and science education to promote scientific research, education, responsible citizenship and innovation in the disciplines of science, Engineering, Mathematics and the Arts (STEAM).
Universcience brings its expertise to the consortium, which brings together 15 partners from 6 European countries and shares its experience on the design, equipment and operation of a science center in the framework of a feasibility study, of 12 months.
This project is funded by the European Union within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation, which aims to create centers of excellence in scientific research through cooperation between European research institutions and support for research activities transdisciplinary science.
To find out more about the project: http://cysrc.eu/index.php/en/
EXHIBITIONS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
We are looking for partners for future exhibitions! Discover our upcoming traveling exhibition projects:
In four themes, the exhibition examines different aspects of humans’ mastery of fire:
- Taming and understanding fire, from prehistoric times to today. Fire also lives through myths and symbols and holds an important place in societies.
- Using fire: a tool that services humans and industries.
- Understanding fire: through chemistry, combustion physics, and forest fire ecology. Discovering the perspectives and stakes involved in current research.
- Defending oneself from fire: fire as a synonym for danger and destruction; tools to fight it; research for better prevention and protection.
Humanity’s relationship with fire has evolved throughout time and, to date, it still oscillates between fear and fascination. Fire evokes vitality and progress, but also danger and destruction.
Physics and chemistry, biology and microbiology, the agricultural industry, animal and human health… Louis Pasteur was part of the modernization movement during the Siècle des Merveilles (‘The Century of Wonders’). He discovered a microscopic world; he created new subjects for inquiry, experimental programs, and research methods.
Pasteur was a scholar and an innovator. An analysis of Pasteur’s character will help us understand how science should be practiced and why this scholar became the scientific equivalent of Victor Hugo, in France and abroad.
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) is a historical hero whose international reputation is almost unparalleled for a French scholar. After Leonardo da Vinci and Charles Darwin, Universcience continues with its exhibition cycle dedicated to important scientific figures who have contributed to the cultural history of science and technology, helping visitors to understand the logic behind Pasteur’s discoveries, to appreciate the scope of his inventions.
Great success for “Cats and dogs” in Quebec!
The exhibition “Like cats and dogs” has just ended at the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec after 14 months of operation.
The exhibition was a real success attracting no less than 540,000 visitors during this period!
Next stop: the Halifax Discovery Center, where visitors could discover it from January 2018.
The exhibition « Urban mutations, the city is ours! » in London!
The exhibition “Urban mutations, the City is Ours” was inaugurated at the Museum of London on July 18, 2017 in the presence of Mr. Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, and his English counterpart Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London.
The Museum of London houses the exhibition from July 14, 2017 to January 2, 2018 on a surface area of 700 m2. The travelling exhibition offers visitors the chance to glimpse the many transformations that our cities are experiencing today: globalization, demographics, new technology and relationship with the environment. These challenges to the urban ecosystem are drivers of change, initiatives and innovations that are industrial, political and citizen-based.
The “Microbiota” Project
The co-design team of the “Microbiota” exhibition - or the ”intesteam” - met for the second time in Paris, on 28 and 29 June, with Dorothée Vatinel, exhibition curator, and Nathalie Puzenat, museographer.
Together with the Finnish and Portuguese partners and the German authors Giulia and Jill Enders (for the book “Gut, the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ”), the project was scrutinized by the whole team.
A period of digestion begins before the launch of the competition for design, scenography and graphics.
The group will meet again on 20 and 21 November.
News from ECSITE 2017
Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, and Kannikar Wongthongsiri, Vice-President of the National Science Museum of Thailand, have signed an agreement of cooperation in the course of the Ecsite 2017 Conference in Portugal. This agreement marks the reinforcement of ties between the two science centers.
The participation from this August, from teams of scientific mediation at Universcience to the science festival in Thailand organized by the NSM, will be the first step of implementation of this mutual agreement, thanks to the support of the French Embassy in Thailand.
Tapio Koivu, President of Heureka, Rosalia Vargas, President of Ciencia Viva and Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, have also took advantage from the conference to renew their excellent consortium experience, by signing an agreement of co-conception for the exhibition “Gut, The inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ”. It will be launched in November 2018 at the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie.
Hong-Kong: a new children’s space
The Children’s Gallery was inaugurated at the Hong Kong Science Museum on April 5, 2017.
Present at the inauguration: Mr. Bruno MAQUART, President of universcience, Mr. Eric BERTI, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Ms Michelle LI Mei-sheung, JP, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Florence HUI Hiu Fai, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs.
This new space of 500m², adapted from the Cité des enfants (Paris), is the result of a very rich cooperation between Universcience and Hong Kong Science Museum teams. It is closely followed since the first exhibition presented in this museum was “Electricité” in 1999; then in 2004 the exhibition “Le Cheveu décode” was presented and the Palais de la Découverte hosted an exhibition produced by the Hong Kong Science Museum: Flowers in the Mirror.
Partnership between Universcience and Citta della Scienza
On the 4th of March, on the occasion of the inauguration of Corporea, the Citta della Scienza interactive museum devoted to the human body, Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, and Vincenzo Lipardi, President of the Idis Foundation-Citta della Scienza, signed a letter of intent to engage both in the co-production of the FIRE exhibition.
This project is led by the Exhibitions Department of Universcience in close collaboration with the teams of the Città della Scienza.
The exhibition will be presented at the Cité des sciences from April 2018 to January 2019 and then in Napoli for a period of 6 months from March 2019.
"Engineering Earth" opened at Connecticut Science Center
First stop in North America for our exhibition Engineering Earth which opened at Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, USA, with the help of our partner Imagine Exhibitions.
From raw material to construction, from understanding matter to innovation, from tradition to ecobuilding, the exhibition allows visitors to observe and study the
constitution of raw earth.
The exhibition is presented until September 2017.