A mini-exhibition with maximum content

The University of Budapest has been hosting a CERN mini-exhibition since 8 May. While smaller than the main travelling exhibition it has a number of major advantages: its compact design alleviates transport difficulties and makes it easier to find suitable venues in the Member States. Its content can be updated almost instantaneously and it will become even more interactive and high-tech as time goes by.


The exhibition on display in Budapest.

The purpose of CERN's new mini-exhibition is to be more interactive and easier to install. Due to its size, the main travelling exhibition cannot be moved around quickly, which is why it stays in the same country for 4 to 6 months. But this means a long waiting list for the other Member States. To solve this problem, the Education Group has designed a new exhibition, which is smaller and thus easier to install.

Smaller maybe, but no less rich in content, as the new exhibition conveys exactly the same messages as its larger counterpart.

However, in the slimmed-down version the explanatory texts are no longer printed but appear on LCD screens. "The texts used in the main exhibition are printed in English and translated into the language of the host country and, as a result, the panels cannot be re-used in the next host country. With the LCD screens it is simple to update the content with new translations, as needed," explains the Head of the Education Group, Rolf Landua.

The new travelling exhibition features a projection room where visitors watch the film recounting the birth of the Universe, also on show at the permanent exhibition "Universe of Particles" in the Globe of Science and Innovation. This room can subsequently be used to screen other films. "The exhibition will become more and more high-tech over time, with new features ever more in tune with the messages we wish to convey. We have a whole team of students continuously dreaming up ideas for new displays that can gradually be added to the exhibition," says Rolf Landua.

The exhibition proved popular among students and the general public. It was also featured in several local newspapers and magazines. Romania, Poland and Greece are next in line to host the exhibition.




by Laëtitia Pedroso