Project - Science Tourism: services and products for Dancing with the Lights


Description (EN): The project undertakes the challenge to design new science exhibition related services and products for tourism sectors and customers in order to enhance attractiveness of related places, to secure new opportunities for local companies and to improve the understanding of local environmental and social dynamics. The goals will be achieved through partnerships and transfers of expertise between science exhibition producers and tourist companies as well as through the adjustment and the redesign of the educational activities of science exhibition centres into educating products responding better to the need of companies and their customers. By conceptualizing and developing science tourism into services and products offered to tourist, marketing agencies and tour operators, the project will contribute to promoting entrepreneurship to realize the potential of ‘place-based’ development opportunities for tourism and experience industries based on the area unique natural environmental, indigenous lifestyles, and creative industries. Both the science of aurora borealis and the story-telling traditions of indigenous peoples appear as relevant topic to develop exhibition infrastructures and educating services and products. By producing science based activities and training sessions for guides the project contributes to skill enhancement of SMEs. By implementing pilot phases in Iceland, Finland and Norway, the project will contribute to development of new job opportunities in the field of science exhibition and tourist business.
Expected Results (EN): Preparedness of responsible authorities in remote, sparsely populated areas for environmental management in relation to climate change and impacts of new investments in exploitation of natural resources

Thematic Information

Thematics: Tourism  
Specific Objective: Improved support systems tailored for start-ups and existing SMEs in remote and sparsely populated areas
Thematic Objective: (3) enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs by:
Investment Priority: (3a) promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Science Tourism: services and products for Dancing with the Lights
Project acronym: Aurora Exhibitions

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-09-10


Project start date: 2016-04-15
Project end date: 2016-11-30
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 44.883,82
European Union funding: EUR 25.841,84

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Lead Partner: Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Department: Arctic Centre, Science Exhibition
Address: Pohjoisranta 4, Rovaniemi, Finland
Legal status: public

Address: Bredbuktnesveien 50B, Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeinor, Norway
Legal status: public
Address: Skipagata 12, Akureyri, Iceland
Legal status: public
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