10-week Project + 2 weeks Design Ethnography and + 3 weeks
Graphic Design 2
A large number of visitors, both national and international,
visit the Abisko
region year-round. This offers a unique opportunity to expose
research at the Abisko Scientific Research Station and to make the
research available to the public, allowing visitors to gain insight
into the research that is executed in the Arctic environment in
Abisko. The challenge is to find different ways for outreach that
utilizes the possibilities that are given in the Abisko environment
and the seasonal variations.
There are a multitude of potential platforms for outreach in
Abisko; such as ANS and its facilities, the nature reserve, the
village, Naturum (the County Administrative Board's visitors
center), Abisko Tourist Station, Abisko National Park, tourist
facilities and probably a number of others. The ways in which this
can be utilized may also differ with the time of the year since
winter conditions are very different from summer and season also
affects the type of visitors; currently winter visitors that want
to experience the cold north, go skiing and see the aurora
borealis, summer visitors with an interest in the scenery, the
midnight sun and hiking.
The aim of this project, Science Outreach, was
to design services, artefacts and installations that create
curiosity, awareness and engage visitors in environmental questions
related to the surrounding Arctic environment and, maybe also allow
them to explore research related issues on a local as well as
global scale. The outcomes have been designed to promote CIRC's
outreach activities and create a form of dialogue between
scientists and visitors. Both provocative critical concepts and
realistic, practical concepts were accepted.
The concepts generated in this project will be used to create
designs that will be developed and installed within these sights.
Therefore, the concepts have been designed with consideration for
what is feasible within today's technological environment.
The course teamwork resulted in four service design concepts
seen below: HikeLab, Abisko Adventure, Abisko Layers, and
The course was done in collaboration with Climate Impact
Research Centre (CIRC) and the Department of Ecology and
Environmental Science (EMG) at Umeå University.
Participation by Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
and local stakeholders, and supported by Umeå University (Kiruna
Brendon Clark, PhD, Interactive Institute
Mattias Löw, Documentary producer & director, Freedom
From Choice AB
Satu Miettinen, Doctor of Arts, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi,
Mira Alhonsuo, Research assistant, University of Lapland,
Catharina Henje (course/project lead)
Instructors from UID
HikeLab - by Emily
Keller, Jenni Toriseva, James McIntyre and Marcel Penz
HikeLab provides hikers with activities at different levels of
engagement, where they collect data relevant to ongoing research
projects during hiking expeditions in Abisko.
The HikeLab science kit contains maps, sensors, and a booklet
designed for the selected hiking trail. It supports hikers along
the way and complements a smartphone application for data
gathering. Physical installations such as flag posts and photo
platforms mark points of activity.
The role of the Science Communication Officer bridges hiking
tourism and the scientific world. She will develop new activities
together with scientists and will inspire hikers to contribute to
climate impact research.
Downloads: Report - Final
Abisko Adventure - by Kallirroi
Pouliadou, Madyana Torres and Regimantas Vegele
This is a service designed to help Climate Impacts Research
Centre (CIRC) conduct science outreach in Abisko.
The service focuses on tourist families, seeking outdoor
activities in a polar environment. Composed of a hiking and
exploration experience, the participants can engage with CIRC
experiments that have been specially curated for them by visiting
Abisko Adventure aims to trigger curiosity in visitors to
Abisko, cultivating their knowledge, and promoting participation
and action in scientific research and experimentation. Through
these activities, our service exposes the value and excitement of
the research being done at CIRC.
Downloads: Report - Final
Abisko Layers - by Jiaojiao
Xu, Yedan Qian, Migle Padegimaite and Kevin Gaunt
Abisko Layers is a service that aims to help tourists learn in
different depths about what CIRC does and why it is important. The
service engages visitors at three main touch-points with different
ways of conveying information:
1. Multi-sensory Learning: Virtual Elevator
The first part of Abisko Layers is a virtual elevator. Each
virtual floor represents a different area of research (e.g.
atmosphere, soil and underground). On each floor visitors
experience a short, multi-sensory story supposed to salivate their
appetite to get to know more.
2. In-Context Learning: Signage & App
An offline smartphone application containing pointers to
research-related locations in Abisko. Interactive signposts mark
these locations. They help visitors make sense of what they see.
Both the app and the signage visualise the changes Abisko has been
going through over the last 100 years.
3. In-Depth Learning: Tablet & Phone Apps
Once hooked, visitors can access more interactive information
through a smartphone/tablet app. It describes the greater context
of climate impact research.
Downloads: Report - Final Video
Abiscope - by Taís Mauk, Júlia
Nacsa and Idil Tunga
Our design process revolved around adapting the concept to the
outreach capabilities of CIRC; the tourists' interest in the basics
of natural sciences; and their wish to get in touch with the people
behind scientific research.
The core of our service within Abisko itself was to target
tourists who are not directly aware of CIRC's research activities,
but who are interested in experiencing the nature that Abisko has
to offer. In this way we discovered that since, both researchers
and tourists come to Abisko because of its unique location and
natural qualities, we designed our service around using the natural
landscape as a teaching tool, in order to educate the tourists
about the unique qualities of Abisko, and highlight how the
researchers are learning more about them.
The final outcome is a concept called Abiscope, a learning
journey which guides tourists through the natural landscapes in
Abisko, and opens their eyes to the subjects and phenomena that
CIRC's Arctic researchers are studying during their work. Abiscope
provides a new perspective on the environment using a series of
outdoor interactive stations, a unique map/telescope, framed vistas
and visual captions. This system capitalizes on the natural
surroundings in the area as a teaching tool, allowing visitors to
see the environment the same way researchers do.
Downloads: Report - Final