"The Nansen Heritage. Science at the End of the World" - Exhibition in the A.S. Popovs Central Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg

An international touring exhibition “The Nansen Heritage. Science at the End of the World” on the occasion 150th anniversary of Fridtjof Nansen’s birthday in 2011 opened in the A.S. Popov’s Central Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg, on 6 April 2010. The exhibition is also a part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the University of Oslo.

Among the displays there is the original equipment belonging to Nansen, as well as media installations devoted to Nansen’s life and to the research conducted by contemporary Norwegian scientists contributing to the development of Nansen’s heritage. Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen provided for the exhibition an original Nansen bottle (water sampler) from the Fram expedition and the slideshow “A sense of adventure” in Russian language about the life of the scientist, diplomat and humanist Dr. Fridtjof Nansen.

The opening ceremony was lead by Mr. Rune Aasheim, the Consul General of Norway in St. Petersburg. Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NIERSC) in St. Petersburg was represented by research director Dr. Dmitry Kovalevsky, who delivered a speech about the Nansen Centers and the research and educational activities of NIERSC. Dr. Kovalevsky pointed to the fact that “The legacy after Nansen was resumed here in this city in 1992 with the foundation of the NIERSC located at Vasilevsky Island. To be allowed to use his name is an honour, inspiration and challenge, which we seek to meet trough our scientific contribution to environmental and climate research and higher education in the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen.” and further he concluded with “We hope that our joint research and education cooperation will contribute to increase the scientific knowledge about the High North, to foster Russian-Norwegian cooperation and friendship, and contribute advance to both the scientific and human legacy after Fridtjof Nansen.”

Prof. Inger Stray Lien of University of Oslo, presented NIERSC with the University anniversary book as appreciation of the contribution to the exhibition.

The exhibition is open in the A.S. Popov’s Central Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg, from 7 April 2011 to 26 April 2011, 10:30-18:00 daily (except Sundays and Mondays). Address: Pochtamtsky pereulok, 4, Saint Petersburg,

Read more about the exhibition here (In Russian).