October 10, 2023

Borealis supports ZOOM Children’s Museum in promoting playful learning in new interactive exhibition “WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!”

Borealis, through its Borealis Social Fund, supports ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna and celebrates opening of new hands-on exhibition “WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!” on October 4, 2023

  • Borealis, through its Borealis Social Fund, supports ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna and celebrates opening of new hands-on exhibition “WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!” on October 4, 2023

Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions, has been one of the three main sponsors of the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna, Austria since 2013. Following the successful exhibitions “PLASTICS” in 2015 and “EARTH & SOIL” in 2019, Borealis is also this year's partner for the new interactive and hands-on exhibition "WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!" which deals with future topics and challenges.

At hands-on stations and in workshop settings, potential everyday situations of tomorrow’s world can be experienced playfully by using all senses. For this purpose, ZOOM has transformed the exhibition hall into a Future Lab where artists, scientists, and experts from a wide variety of areas contributed their ideas for our future. A highlight of the exhibition is the digital planetarium of the Natural History Museum. Responsible for the architecture of the exhibition is the architecture collective AKT, which represents Austria at the current Venice Biennale.

“Young people's ideas, creativity and skills will determine the future of the economy and social stability. By stimulating enthusiasm for science and chemistry at an early age we lay the foundations for today's young and inquisitive minds to become tomorrow's leading scientists and innovators. At Borealis, we are proud to support the reinvention of sustainable living through our long-standing partnership with the ZOOM Children’s Museum,” says Thomas Gangl, CEO Borealis.

"Borealis and the ZOOM Children's Museum share a common goal of making complex issues understandable, getting children excited about science and research, and sharpening their skills for future challenges. Especially with regard to such important social issues as the future and sustainability," emphasizes ZOOM Director Andrea Zsutty. “At the heart of the partnership is the conviction that the low-threshold transfer of knowledge, in an artistically designed context, interactive, with all senses and playfully easy, is a particularly effective one.”
The new hands-on exhibition can be visited as of October 4, 2023. From Tuesday to Friday, school classes have free access in the mornings, and the exhibition is open to private visitors in the afternoon, as well as all day on weekends, public holidays, and school holidays.

For more information visit www.kindermuseum.at


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About Borealis
Borealis is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions. In Europe, Borealis is also an innovative leader in polyolefins recycling and a major producer of base chemicals. We leverage our polymer expertise and decades of experience to offer value-adding, innovative and circular material solutions for key industries such as consumer products, energy, healthcare, infrastructure and mobility.

With operations in over 120 countries and head offices in Vienna, Austria, Borealis employs around 6,000 people. In 2022, we generated a net profit of EUR 2.1 billion. OMV, the Austria-based international energy, fuels & feedstock and chemicals & materials company, owns 75% of our shares. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), owns the remaining 25%.

In re-inventing essentials for sustainable living, we build on our commitment to safety, our people, innovation and technology, and performance excellence. We are accelerating the transformation to a circular economy of polyolefins and expanding our geographical footprint to better serve our customers around the globe. Our operations are augmented by two important joint ventures: Borouge (with ADNOC, headquartered in the UAE); and Baystar™ (with TotalEnergies, based in the US).
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About the Borealis Social Fund

Established in 2008, the Borealis Social Fund, underpins Borealis’ role as a socially responsible company. Each year, a portion of the Group’s net profit is dedicated to the Fund, based on clearly defined allocation rules. To maximize the impact of its engagement and to align Borealis’ social engagement activities with the Company’s Purpose and its Strategy 2030, with its strong focus on sustainability, the Group has defined three areas of social engagement that directly contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): Education & Social Integration, Water & Energy, and Waste & Resource Efficiency.
Borealis believes that young people’s ideas, creativity, and skills will determine the future of the economy and social stability. Therefore, the Borealis Social Fund nurtures young people’s interest in chemistry and science, supports the educational system to meet future challenges, and integrates marginalized, poor, and underprivileged people.

Another focus area of the Fund is to provide access to safe drinking water, and reliable, affordable renewable energy in developing and emerging countries, under the umbrella of Water for the World, a program established by Borealis and Borouge.
Furthermore, Borealis is committed to preventing plastic waste in the environment by helping to establish efficient and low-cost circular waste management systems in emerging and developing countries. Launched in 2017 by Borealis and Systemiq, Project STOP works hand in hand with city governments to create effective waste management systems in Indonesia.

About ZOOM Children’s Museum

The ZOOM Children's Museum is a private association that enables children and young people to engage with various topics from art, science and culture in a playful way and with all their senses. Through encounters with art, dialogue with artists and joyful, open-ended activities with others, individual abilities and interests are recognized and further developed. The Children's Museum creates spaces in which new things can be tried, discovered and explored in a relaxed atmosphere and at one's own pace. Exhibitions, play stations, objects, artistic installations and workshops designed according to the hands-on principle arouse curiosity and stimulate children's creativity.

The ZOOM Children's Museum is a central part of Vienna's children's culture and part of the MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the largest cultural areas in the world. This special location has also had a significant impact on the content of the Children's Museum: ZOOM is more oriented towards art than many other children's museums and is a place of interaction between children and artists.

On 1,600 square meters, ZOOM offers four different areas for visitors up to 14 years of age: the ZOOM hands-on exhibition for children from 6 to 12 years of age, the ZOOM Ocean play area for children from 8 months to 6 years of age, as well as the workshop areas ZOOM Atelier for children from 3 to 12 years and the ZOOM animated film studio for children and young people from 8 to 14 years of age.

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