The Museum of Tomorrow wins an award for its contribution to the dissemination of science
The Museum of Tomorrow is the winner of the 41st edition of the José Reis Prize for Scientific and Technological Disclosure, promoted by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The museum won the award in the “institution or medium of communication” category for its contribution to the dissemination of science in the country. The CNPq Prize is one of the main prizes awarded to professionals and organizations which contribute to the dissemination of national science. The awards ceremony will take place in virtual form, during National Science and Technology Week, scheduled for October 2-8.
CNPq President Evaldo Villa stressed that the prize encourages scientific publication and recognizes its importance in the development of Brazilian science. “Through initiatives like the Museum of Tomorrow, we bring scientific achievements to the general public, encourage young people and children to learn and appreciate science, and bring researchers and their achievements closer to society at large. This is essential for understanding the importance of investing in scientific and technological research and for valuing institutions and people working in science, Villala said. The award jury noted that the Museum of Tomorrow has entered the tourist and educational calendar not only in the city of Rio de Janeiro, but throughout the country.
Ricardo Pique, president of the Institute for Development and Management (IDG), responsible for managing the Museum of Tomorrow, stressed that the equipment attracts an audience that is not used to going to museums and that ‘he values the team’s work to do science. Easier and more attractive. “This award puts us in the spotlight of major scientific institutions and major researchers and reporters. It is a great honor to receive this recognition from an institution like the CNPq, to share knowledge, in an innovative way, with the general public, especially in a year when science has become a part of people’s daily life, and proved to be fundamental Our presence is strengthened.
The value of knowledge
For the director of knowledge and creativity at the Museum of Tomorrow, Leonardo Menezes, the award was received as “a great appreciation for the work that the Museum has done for almost six years” to serve different audiences, to the both personally and In lineRegardless of each person’s condition and background, “visit the museum and learn about the value of science to society, especially in this time of pandemic, and how, in fact, science is becoming a beacon to guide us in these times of uncertainty and prepare for the major current and future challenges that we will face on this planet ”.
The director also argued that the award shows that it is possible to address different topics, such as climate change, robotics, artificial intelligence, longevity, urban growth and biodiversity, so that the public can connect with their daily life and understand that there is still a lot to discover and develop in the community, so that people’s lifestyles are sustainable and more pluralistic.
In March of this year, the museum opened the temporary exhibition “Coronaceno – Reflections in times of epidemic”, which means inviting the public to reflect on the importance of human influence and globalization in the spread of the disease. new Corona virus. NOT. a lap The default view is available on Online. This month, the equipment inaugurated the “Urban Future” exhibition, an immersive experience on the future of cities.
At the moment, a temporary exhibition is being produced at the Museum of Tomorrow, which will open its doors at the end of the year, entitled “Futuros – Tempos Amazônicos”, which will talk about the current and future challenges of the Amazon region.
“It is a large exhibition of 650 square meters, and it will focus precisely on the relationship between the different eras in which the Amazon has coexisted.” Among them, focus on the millennium of indigenous peoples; secular time of the traditional population; the Amazon accelerated over the past 50 years; the question of cultural expressions; And future scenarios based on biodiversity and climate change, as well as the emergence of a bioeconomy, which will be a means of achieving a new social and economic development in the region, based on three pillars: science, traditional knowledge and commitment to the status of forests. “It’s, in a way, related to how we in a museum seek to work with different kinds of knowledge.” The museum’s scientific committee, in place since its opening in 2015, has been recently renovated and received a new name: the Science and Knowledge Committee, bringing together representatives of traditional knowledge to dialogue with its 15 members.
Leonardo Menezes explained that the exhibition scheduled to open at the end of this year also intends to address the current situation in the Amazon region, including increasing deforestation. “We have shown that over the past 50 years we have gone from a situation where in the early 1970s we had about 1% of deforested biomes, which were mostly cities, to today 20% of biome has been deforested or degraded. . This is a very big challenge because in the next 50 years we will lose almost half of the forest, and to add to the challenge of climate change, where we have less humidity and less rain, we will start to convert the biome to another type of vegetation that is not this dense vegetation.
Menezes pointed out that the system in place in the Amazon is what brings rain, especially in the central and southern region of Brazil. He also noted that of the country’s food production, most of it is concentrated in the Midwest, 95% of which is rainfed. That is, they depend on the rain and it is already decreasing. “In other words, these are great challenges that we will have to face if Brazil wants to continue to be a leader in food production and a benchmark in the environmental field in which, unfortunately, we have seen significant challenges.”
The Museum of Tomorrow was inaugurated in December 2015 by the City of Rio de Janeiro, a cultural facility of the municipal Ministry of Culture, which operates under the direction of the Institute for Development and Management (IDG). A successful example of a partnership between the government and the private sector, the museum has already received more than 4.5 million visitors in its five years of existence. The equipment has a story organized in five spheres (the universe, the Earth, the Anthropocene, Tomorrow’s and us), with a total route that invites the visitor to think about five questions: where do we come from , who we are, where we are, where we are going and how we want to go. Drawing on scientific evidence and data provided by scientific institutions and centers around the world, the Museum offers an informative, entertaining and interactive tour, through videos, games, photos and installations.
The José Reis Prize for Scientific and Technological Disclosure is awarded alternately to three categories: “journalist in science and technology”, “institution or means of communication” and “researcher and writer”. Created in 1978, it is a tribute to the doctor, researcher, journalist and educator, José Reyes, who has combined an important career as a world-renowned researcher with the work of explaining science in an educational way through journalism.
According to the CNPq, the diversity of the winners proves the importance of the José Reis Prize in stimulating the creation of the most diverse mechanisms of scientific and technological dissemination.