Discoveries: Water

The "Discoveries: Water" exhibition was shown from 3 July to 31 August 2009 on Mainau Island.

20 pavillions, each managed by one exhibition partner, were placed all over Mainau Island.<br>
20 pavillions, each managed by one exhibition partner, were placed all over Mainau Island.

Introduction by Countess Bettina Bernadotte

As anyone who visits Mainau Island immediately realizes, it is a very special island indeed. An oasis of natural beauty and relaxation, where visitors can develop an awareness of the natural rhythm of nature. In large measure, Mainau owes that to Count Lennart Bernadotte, who would have turned 100 years old this year. Early on, he felt a special responsibility to protect and preserve the environment. He put his philosophy to practice on Mainau Island, creating the lasting legacy visitors see today: a true nature experience, popular holiday destination, and a place of international encounters.

But my father realised another special project beyond the island by serving as co-initiator of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. These meetings have been bringing young researchers and students together with Nobel Laureates since 1951. The meetings provide a personal, casual forum for exchange that is unique in the field. Throughout his life, Count Lennart
Bernadotte considered dialogue between generations within the field of science to be extremely important. Yet dialogue between science and society was equally important to him. He saw it as an opportunity to overcome boundaries and, in the process, to advance the cause of humankind.

In this year of commemoration for my father, I am thus particularly pleased that the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners Meetings at Lake Constance are hosting the exhibition, entitled ‘Discoveries’, on the garden island. The exhibition impressively combines the experience of science and sustainability
and is part of the German Science Year 2009, “Research Expedition: Germany”. A wide variety of diverse exhibits, many of them interactive, make research a tangible experience. Visitors are encouraged to pose their own questions to the realm of science and learn new ways of taking care of natural resources.

Research takes time. Our expedition, too, is designed to span three years.Each successive summer, the exhibition will devote itself to a different area of sustainability research. The focus this year is upon an element that has a very special relationship to Mainau Island in Lake Constance: water.

Working together with partners in science, the business community and politics, the Council and Foundation have succeeded in compiling a wide diversity of exhibits devoted to the various facets of the topic of water. The exhibits underscore the importance of water for humanity and highlight the contributions of research in this area. Visitors to Mainau Island also have interesting discoveries to look forward to during the coming two years: the focus next summer will be upon ‘Energy’, and in 2011, the discoveries will revolve around the ‘System Earth’.

Made only from a thin, recyclabe plastic foil (and then inflated), the pavillions were designed with sustainability in mind.<br>
Made only from a thin, recyclabe plastic foil (and then inflated), the pavillions were designed with sustainability in mind.

 

Many different partners from science and society each designed and equipped one pavillion.<br>
Many different partners from science and society each designed and equipped one pavillion.

 

This exhibit shows how tsunami waves develop.<br>
This exhibit shows how tsunami waves develop.

 

The pavillions, placed in the lush green of Mainau Island, soon became visitor attractions.<br>
The pavillions, placed in the lush green of Mainau Island, soon became visitor attractions.

 


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