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UNIVERSUM celebrates 25th anniversary

Founded in 1992, the Museum was conceived as a modern and interactive center for sciences
UNIVERSUM – Photo: Alejandro Acosta/EL UNIVERSAL
10/12/2017
16:00
José Pablo Espíndola
Mexico City
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UNIVERSUM, the Museum of Sciences, has contributed throughout 25 years to science outreach in Mexico. In the words of José Sarukhán, scientist and architect of this project, this is “an example of how things in Mexico should be done.”

During the ceremony for the 25th anniversary of the creation of this space dedicated to science, the scientist stated UNIVERSUM “has proved we can design, think, develop, and launch things of this size and complexity with a quality that lacks for nothing because we have the people, students, academic material, and even, the administrative staff.”

Founded in 1992, the Museum of Sciences was conceived by a group of researchers as a modern center for sciences, interactive, which didn't focus solely on natural and exact sciences, but also in social sciences, in addition to being original and coherent with the Mexican culture.

The head of the General Science Outreach Department of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), César Domínguez Pérez Tejeda said the vision and work done 25 years ago must not be forgotten because we cannot understand what we are without reflecting on where we came from and who started it.

Yet, the importance of being prepared for future challenges requires reinvention. And based on this principle is that UNIVERSUM launches its Mathematical Imaginarium, a room which renovates the former Mathematics Room, with new paradigms on science communication.

This new room has 40 pieces of equipment based on subject areas, such as Geometry and Algebra, and is decorated with a sculpture by French plastic artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.

To join in on the celebration, the Subway System in Mexico issued a commemorative ticket which represents the bonds that have united these two institutions, a cooperation which began several years ago with the Tunnel of Science.

"The subway is a fantastic space for science communication but it also requires a special focus, because people don't go to the subway as if it were a museum," he said.

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