CIMUSET – ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology – wants to celebrate and highlight outstanding, innovative practice within science and technology museums and science centres through the CIMUSET Award.

The CIMUSET Award is established on the belief that science and technology museums and science centres can change people and societies and thus contribute to the creation of a more equal, sustainable, and peaceful world.The world as we know it is changing rapidly. We are faced with challenges in a scale that humanity has never seen before. We need to act and together create a more economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainable society. The CIMUSET Award is based on the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development and nominated projects must account for how the project is linked to the UN SDGs.

The aim of the award is to highlight innovative projects that showcase new hybrid museological practice that can bring science and technology museum and science centres to the next level and thus place the science institutions at the core of the transformation in practices that the world desperately needs. The CIMUSET Award thus highlights new practice for the future.


Nominated projects eligible to the CIMUSET Award must be less than 2 years old at the time of the nomination. They may cover all areas of museums and collections practice, including exhibition, education, conservation, research, management, new business models, design and architecture, art, ethics, service to the public, and strategic planning.

All science and technology museums and collections and science centres are eligible regardless of their location, type, or size. They do not have to be CIMUSET members.


Nominated projects must demonstrate how they meet the following criteria:

  1. How is the project developed and carried out in partnerships with different institutions and/or citizens, who represent diverse and interdisciplinary knowledge and competences?
  2. How is the project co-created?
  3. How has the project contributed with new methods to engage marginalized and diverse communities?
  4. How has the project empowered citizens and local communities to engage with science and technology in new ways?
  5. How has the project affected the institution on an organizational level?
  6. How does the project design ensure sustainability of the project in accordance with social, economic, environmental, and cultural perspectives?
  7. How does the project specifically address the UN SDGs?

How to apply

The nominator must fill out the nomination form.

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Applications must be sent before 3 pm (CET) on the 31st of March 2022.

Evaluation of the nominations

The nominated projects will be accessed by an evaluation committee consisting of up to seven members. The committee consists of 1-2 members from the CIMUSET board, 3-4 members from a science and technology museum or a science centre, and 1 member from outside the museum sector. The committee will validate the nominations in accordance with the criteria.

The committee’s decision is final; no explanations will be given in discussions or correspondence.

Three projects will be announced as nominated for the CIMUSET Award two months prior to the announcement of the winning project, which will be announced during the annual CIMUSET general conference.