KI to be knowledge partner of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Hagastaden
Next spring, the National Museum of Science and Technology will be opening a branch – called The Cell – in Stockholm’s Hagastaden, with KI as knowledge partner. The Cell will be a venue where science meets art through fascinating and inspirational activities designed to educate and engage more people in the development of tomorrow’s life science field.
"The Cell will hopefully inspire potential and existing students in their career, and incentivise young people from disadvantaged areas to be researchers, doctors, nurses and bio-entrepreneurs,” says KI president, Annika Östman Wernerson. "It will also offer researchers and doctoral students a platform for scholarly communication that can reach out to a wider audience."
During a preview for invited students, researchers and other interested parties on 7 November, the National Museum of Science and Technology and KI signed a cooperation agreement on creating The Cell.
"Hagastaden is an area that gathers together some of the world’s leading actors in life science, but it also needs places that engage the general public," says museum director Peter Skogh. "With The Cell, we will be creating not just a window display but also an open door through which you will be welcome to explore, discover and participate in the development of the life science of the future."
Objective to broaden recruitment
On weekdays, The Cell will serve as a resource for school pupils and teachers, while at weekends and in the evenings, it will be an arena for everything from interesting debate to creative music and art experiences linked to the theme. The aim is to boost public interest in life science and to entice more young people to choose a career in the field.
"I’m delighted that we’ll be working together with the museum, which has considerable pedagogical expertise and experience of communicating research and the value of science in a fascinating, artistic and entertaining way. Not only to the broader public, but also specifically to children, young people and their parents, allowing us to contribute to the goal of broadening recruitment," says Professor Östman Wernerson.
Not only to the broader public, but also specifically to children, young people and their parents, allowing us to contribute to the goal of broadening recruitment.
The initiative was presented on 7 November by Peter Skogh, director of the National Museum of Science and Technology; Annika Östman Wernerson, president of KI; Joel Ambré, CEO at Vectura; and Ingrid Sundström, vice-chair of the Wallenberg Foundations. It was followed by a panel debate on technology and life science from an ethics perspective.
The Cell will open on 18 April 2024.