COMPETITION PLATFORM PROVIDED BY IMAGINARY, A PROJECT BY MATHEMATISCHES FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT OBERWOLFACH - MPE2013 PARTNER

COMPETITION FOR AN OPEN SOURCE EXHIBITION OF VIRTUAL MODULES


Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013) invites you to enter


a competition to design virtual or

physical museum-quality exhibits (modules)


for the upcoming special year, Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013.


Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) is an initiative of mathematical sciences organizations around the world designed to showcase the ways in which the mathematical sciences can be useful in tackling our world's problems.


One way to communicate MPE to a broad public will be a series of museum-quality exhibits to be shown at exhibitions, in museums or at schools. What is unique is that these modules can be prepared by everybody and are collected through a competition!


Call to participate:

You are invited to prepare museum exhibits in different formats - images, films, programmes - or to design physical exhibits, and submit them the competition. The best modules will be awarded and shown by our partner museums in 2013.

Please note: the competition is closed for submissions and any module we receive now will not be able to participate. You can still send us any idea for a module or any exhibit for the MPE2013 exhibition, we might consider including it in the final exhibition.


The submitted modules will also form the basis of a virtual exhibition that will be hosted through the IMAGINARY project by the Mathematischen Forschungsinstituts Oberwolfach (MFO), an international research center based in the Black Forest of Germany.

 

The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2012.  The technical requirements are given on the Format of Modules. page.  The prize winners will be selected by an international jury nominated by the partners running the competition. The first, second and third prize winners will receive respective prizes of:


    US$ 5000

    US$ 3000

    US$ 2000


The exhibition will have a virtual part, as well as instructions to realize material parts. To stimulate imagination on the many domains where mathematics plays a crucial role in planetary issues the following (non exhaustive) four themes are proposed:


    I. A planet to discover: oceans; meteorology and climate; mantle processes,

        natural resources, celestial mechanics

    II. A planet supporting life: ecology, biodiversity, evolution

    III. A planet organized by humans: political, economic, social and financial systems;

        organization of transport and communications networks; management of resources; energy

    IV. A planet at risk: climate change, sustainable development, epidemics; invasive species, natural disasters; risk analysis


The typical modules submitted to this competition can be of the following four forms:


  ⁃ A module explaining how to realize a physical module in a museum.

    ⁃ An interactive exhibit to be watched either on the web or in a museum.

    ⁃ A film

    - Image(s)


The licenses used for the submitted modules are:

Creative Commons BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byEncEsa/3.0/

Creative Commons BY-NC-ND: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byEncEnd/3.0/


Some examples of the type of modules we are seeking can be found on the Sample Modules page.  Additional ideas can be found in the document 31 ideas of modules for MPE2013 by Christiane Rousseau.


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?


Individuals or groups of individuals, institutions, schools or non for profit organizations can participate. Contributions developed by profit organizations can be shared with us to be included in the open source exhibition, but will not participate at the competition.


COMPETITION PERIOD, JURY, PRIZES


The competition will be open from:


   January 2012 to December 20, 2012


The prize winners will be selected by an international jury nominated by the partners running the competition:


    Thomas F. Banchoff (USA)

    Ehrhard Behrends (Germany, chair)

    Ahmed Djebbar (France)

    Ana Eiró (Portugal)

    George Hart (USA)

    Oh Nam Kwom (Korea)

    Adrian Paenza (Argentina)


The winning modules will occupy a prominent place on the website of the exhibition. Moreover it is planned to show the modules of the overall winners in exhibitions and museums.


The following museums have already agreed to show (a selection of) the winner modules during special exhibitions in 2013:


    Mathematikum, Giessen

    MiMa, Museum for Minerals and Mathematics, Oberwolfach

    Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin

    The National Museum of Natural History and Science from the University of Lisbon, Portugal

    Science Museum of Coimbra, Portugal


The competition and the MPE exhibitions in 2013 run under patronage of the UNESCO.

 


A COMPETITION FOR AN

OPEN SOURCE EXHIBITION

OF VIRTUAL MODULES


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