2015 Ecsite Creativity Award

TAMSCHICK MEDIA+SPACE, TING, Norsk Teknisk Museum, Oslo 2014

The Ecsite Creativity Award showcased creative solutions in science engagement and communication. It was given to an organisation that developed an innovative action or programme in public engagement with science in the past two years. The jury considered how the winning organisation galvanised resources, energy and talent to foster creative solutions that can inspire the sector at large. It took into consideration societal impact, for organisational learning and for processes to be shared with the science engagement community.

The Prize

The winner received a trophy and diploma at a ceremony taking place during the Gala Dinner at the Ecsite Annual Conference (Trento, Italy) on 11 June 2015.

A senior manager from Norsk Teknisk Museum, the winning organisation, was invited to the 2015 Ecsite Directors Forum (18-20 November, Pilsen, Czech Republic) where he was able to share the organisation's experience in a workshop questioning peers on the political role of science centres and museums. The winning project was also showcased on the Ecsite communications channels - read these interviews!

The 2015 Ecsite Creativity Award was carried out with the support of the Fund Ernest Solvay, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium).

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Winner

TING is “a participatory, immersive exhibition experience for exploring the complex relationships between technology and democracy.” Watch the video.

Put together to celebrate the coinciding bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution and centenary of the Norsk Teknisk Museum (Oslo), it invites visitors to question the impact that future technologies like DNA scanning, 3D printing or drones will have on democracy. The exhibition brings together collections pieces and state-of-the-art interactivity to frame contemporary issues in their historical and societal context. Like in the ancient “ting” assembly, visitors debate and vote on these questions, generating stunning data visualization graphics.

The Jury praised the project’s courageous ambition to make the museum “a space for public discourse and an advocate for democratic values” and to “engage reserved Norwegians in discussions with people they don’t know”.

The winner was announced on 11 June 2015 during the Ecsite conference's Gala Dinner.

The Jury