Norway's first marine science centre will be located here at Atlanterhavsparken.
There are currently ten science centres in Norway, but none of them focus on marine life or how we manage our marine resources, and we wanted to change that.
We submitted an application to the Research Council of Norway, and their feedback was very positive. The Minister of Education and Integration, Jan Tore Sanner, visited us, accompanied by local politicians, with the good news that public funding had been granted to make the science centre a reality.
The purpose of the science programme "is to promote interest in the natural sciences amongst children, youth and the general public. A science centre is a popular science experience and learning centre focused on mathematics, science and technology, where visitors learn through experimenting for themselves". We are building the first one that focuses on the ocean.
We would like to thank Ålesund municipality, Møre og Romsdal county council and, last but not least, Sparebanken Møre, who have all supported us financially!
We are now at the planning stage and we're really excited!