VISIONS FOR THE SCIENCE PARK

The vision for the Science Park is to make Anton Rosen’s iconic building a pivotal point for education in relation to history, natural science and nature. It is a vision in three parts.

Vision 1. The Ole Rømer Observatory returns to its original appearance

The Ole Rømer Observatory has been rebuilt several times and is characterized by its use as a teaching and research facility. The building contains many beautiful details that deserve to be restored. The foyer has a stucco depicting Ole Rømer. There are also original brass details and closets with beautiful woodcarving. The plan is to use every single room in the observatory for educational purposes and offer the visitor a step into a time warp as well as knowledge about the importance of astronomy for Aarhus as a university town. It will be possible to learn about the scientific importance of Ole Rømer’s transition instrument and see where it was placed and how it worked. At the same time, new research and new methods are presented with the observatory as a historical backdrop. In this way, the building is preserved as a living proof of Aarhus’ development into a university town and how astronomy has evolved and influenced our world view.

Vision 2. The Science Park as a historical platform for experiences with science and nature

With the Science Park, the scenic area around the observatory is transformed into a platform for high-quality education where children and young people are invited to investigate planet Earth. The observatory garden is going to be the unique, bio-diverse landscape the children land in. They are astronauts exploring an alien planet. They can examine the natural landscape, the sky above them and their own physiology, do experiments and obtain knowledge about planet Earth and its place in the universe.

Indoor, there will be education facilities and an exhibition. Outdoor there will be a number of science shelters offering sleep over opportunities for school classes, families etc. The site provides facilities for both indoor and outdoor events, activities and research. A planet walk in the Science Park offers a journey through the solar system, and small biotopes show Danish nature in the observatory garden.

Guided tours

Together with our guides, who are students at Aarhus University, the visitors explore biodiversity among plants and animals, examine the make-up of air and soil, the force of gravity, how you recognise and define life, experience the seasons, find fossils etc.

Vision 3. Access for everybody

The Ole Rømer Observatory is going to be accessible to everyone. The building gets an access ramp into the foyer and classroom as well as a lift on the outside of the largest dome making it possible to enter the dome without changing the listed building.

Inside we establish accessible toilets and room for wheelchairs in the classroom.