Discoveries: Energy

The "Discoveries: Energy" exhibition was shown from 20 May to 29 August 2010 on Mainau Island.

Interactive Exhibit showing how much enery is required by different light bulbs.<br>
Interactive Exhibit showing how much enery is required by different light bulbs.

 

Introduction by Countess Bettina Bernadotte

Energy is a fundamental issue for people and mankind. It is of great importance in our everyday lives and we appear to take its existence for granted. What will the energy of the future be like and what consequences will
it have for our lives? With its many interactive exhibits and experiments, the “Discoveries 2010: Energy” exhibition demonstrates how science and research are working for a safe, affordable and, above all else, eco-
logical energy supply for the coming decades. It makes fascinating topics tangible and encourages visitors to ask questions and also find out about new ways of handling energy sources with care. As you walk around the
18 futuristic-looking pavilions, you will gain insights into projects of the future and the history of energy research.

As an integral part of this Year of Science, the “Discoveries” series of exhibitions this summer will be taking place for the second time. To mark the beginning last year, it was all about the topic of water. We are delighted
that with this cycle of events, research into sustainability is being brought more to life and we are honouring the memory of Count Lennart Bernadotte, who would have been 100 years old last year. As the ‘spiritus rector’ of the annual Nobel Laureate Meetings – which are taking place this year for the 60th time – he promoted dialogue between different generations of researchers. The relevance of science for society was equally important to Count Lennart throughout his entire life. With this “Discoveries” series of exhibitions, the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance, together with the Isle of Mainau, is therefore undertaking a project whose aim it is to raise awareness among visitors to Mainau of scientific issues and challenges.

With a whole series of events, Science Year 2010 – The Future of Energy shows the creativity with which scientists are working on a sustainable energy supply. The “Discoveries” series of exhibitions is largely being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and for this commitment for the benefit of dialogue between the general public and the science community, the Foundation and Council for the Nobel Laureate Meetings would like to thank in particular the Federal Minister, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, who is the patron of this project.

Curiosity is a most potent driving force. We cordially invite you to come to the Isle of Mainau and discover the future of energy. We hope that you will make lots of new discoveries as you put the exhibits to the test and be
amazed by their fascinating insights, and we would be especially delighted to be able welcome you to the “Discoveries” exhibition on the Isle of Mainau again next year when the topic will be “Health Research”.


Opening of the exhibition (with Wolfgang Schürer, Annette Schavan, Christoph Bosch, Countess Bettina Bernadotte)<br>
Opening of the exhibition (with Wolfgang Schürer, Annette Schavan, Christoph Bosch, Countess Bettina Bernadotte)

 

<p>Will the fuel of the future be made from hay?<br></p>

Will the fuel of the future be made from hay?

 

During the so-called "action days" a wide variety of activities was offered for children.<br>
During the so-called "action days" a wide variety of activities was offered for children.

 


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