Soon it is clear – inauguration for the knowledge center Baltic Sea Science Center April 11

By on February 22, 2019

Now the house is in place, the exhibitions on the way up and the mixture of sweet and salt in the aquariums tested. The salmon, the cod and the bullheads have moved into the large aquarium and are waiting for company from eels, bream, herring and several other species. A small butterfly may be cohabiting with two youngsters for a while until they all grow to themselves and can join the adult animals. The knowledge center Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen is about to become clear. The opening date is set to 11 April.

In 2015, Skansen and BalticSea2020 started a collaboration to improve the opportunities for the Baltic Sea to become a viable sea in the future. The collaboration led to the ideas of a knowledge center for both the public and the school with interactive exhibitions, an opportunity to look under the surface of the Baltic Sea in the form of gigantic aquariums and inspiring training rooms with a lab. The building started in autumn 2016 and now it is finally the final sprint for the inauguration that is taking place.

The Baltic Sea is a unique inland sea. The mixture of sweet and salt creates an environment that is not found anywhere else in the world. Fresh water from streams is mixed with salt sea water from the Atlantic and the balance is the prerequisite for a number of plants and animals. The Baltic Sea is also a local environment for over 90 million people. Over time, problems with eutrophication, intensive fishing and environmental toxins have become increasingly serious, and information, political decisions and collaboration are needed to reverse the development. The Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen is part of that puzzle together with a number of instances and initiatives in many areas that have been going on for a long time.

The activities of the Baltic Sea Science Center are designed in consultation with a knowledge council consisting of representatives from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University and the BalticSea2020 foundation. The Knowledge Council is the guarantor that everything communicated is based on accepted facts, and that the mediation is updated as the research progresses. The Knowledge Council will be active even after the inauguration in April 2019 and will be responsible for the important external monitoring and that relations with the other research community, and other actors both nationally and internationally, will be involved in the business. The goal is to create a world-class pedagogical center, give visitors an insight into how the Baltic Sea feels beneath the surface – and give us insight into what we can all do about the problems.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Djurgården