Skłodowska-Curie Science Center planned for Katowice

Representatives of academia and local authorities formed today an association to create a Skłodowska-Curie Science Center and presented the idea of the project during a press conference.

The association is to make efforts to convict local society and government for the project, as well as to cause a cooperation between cultural and science societies in the interest of creating the Center in the nearest future.

The Skłodowska-Curie Science Center is planned as a place of shows, events, workshops of scientific themes, debates and activities which would help to inspire curiosity and to learn more about modern science. The Center’s offer will be addressed to different groups of recipients.

The building of the Center would be located in the future district of culture near “Spodek” but the ultimate decision is not made yet. According to the association, an architectural contest for the Center’s design is possible to be announced in 2012. The project will be probably co-financed from the European Union grants for the years 2014-2020.

One of the association members is Jan Kubec, an owner of the “RAr_2 Laboratorium Architektury” studio from Ruda Śląska and designer of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. “Katowice is at the same place where Warsaw was in 2005 when the Center had been planned there. (…) I am here to give my experience from the Warsaw’s project” – says Jan Kubec.

A cost of the Skłodowska-Curie Science Center as well as the delivery date are unknown. A value of the Warsaw’s Science Center and its equipment exceeded PLN 420 million. “If we expect something for the region where the number of inhabitants is comparable to Warsaw, we have to build the Center for the similar price” – said Michał Luty, vice-president of Katowice.

This year, a Programme Council of the project will be appointed. It will define, among others, the Center’s foundations and the project’s framing.