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.
Nominees for the CIMUSET Award 2022The evaluation committee of the CIMUSET Award 2022 has carefully evaluated the nominatedprojects for the CIMUSET Award 2022 in accordance with the award criteria.The winner of the CIMUSET Award 2022 will be announced at an award ceremony during theICOM conference in Prague in August 2022.The four nominees are:
– Corporación Maloka de Ciencia, Technología e Innovación, Columbia: The inspiring project ‘Learning at Home with Maloka’ used the crisis of the pandemic to rethink itspractice and how the museum can be relevant for citizens who are not able to go to the museum.Through an innovative and inspiring program, the museum was able to make connections withnew communities and provide relevant and shared experiences for families about the role ofscience in everyday life.
– The Norwegian Railroad Museum, The Armed Forces Museum, Oslo School Museum, The JewishMuseum, the Oslo City Museum, and the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology,Norway: The collective project ‘Miniutstilling’ aims at bringing the museum experience to elderly people,who for different reasons, such as people afflicted with Alzheimer, are not able to go to thephysical museums. It’s inspiring how the project has created a format for elderly people wherethey can engage with science in a fun and relevant manner. It’s great to see the project beingcarried out with different types of cultural institutions.
– Cultural Centre for Science – Centro Cultural de la Ciencia, Argentina: The ambitious project ‘Ocean’ sets an inspirational standard for science museums on how theyought to develop exhibitions and programs in the future. The project shows formats and methodsfor sustainable practice on several levels and are clearly linked to and aimed at the UN SDGs,especially goal no. 15, Life Below Water. The project unfolds the potential of how museums can berelevant for more diverse citizens through establishing learning partnerships with different typesof institutions. The project thereby demonstrates how science museums can make a difference inthe creation of a more sustainable world.
– Guangdong Science Center, China:The grand project ‘Guangdong Food and Drug Exploration Hall’ has an original concept, whichprovides relevant content for many citizens through multiple formats; some of them veryinnovative. The ambitions of the project in terms of impact on citizens and society are veryinspirational for the science museums sector and the project shows how science museums canplay an active part in the changes we need to see to create a more sustainable planet.