Representative for Science and Technology The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has 26 international committees, each devoted to the study of a particular type of museum or to a specific museum-related discipline. The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology (CIMUSET) is composed of museum professionals from the fields of science and technology.The committee is not only dedicated to traditional museums of science and technology, largely historical and collection based, but also to contemporary science centres, working primarily to popularize and promote science and technology among children and young people all over the world.
The aims of CIMUSET are to:
·support the aims and objectives of ICOM, in particular with reference to the preservation of the cultural heritage of science and technology, and the dissemination of knowledge of its development and importance to society;
·contribute to the development and implementation of ICOM’s program;
·formulate and carry out a program of activities related to the preservation of the cultural heritage within science and technology and dissemination of knowledge within this field;
·provide a forum for communication, co-operation and information exchange between museums, professional workers and others concerned with preservation of the cultural heritage within science and technology and dissemination of knowledge of this field;
·provide advice to ICOM on preservation of the cultural heritage within science and technology and dissemination of knowledge in this field;
·represent the interest of the museums of science and technology within ICOM; and,
·co-operate with National Committees and Regional Organizations of ICOM and with other International Committees and Affiliated Organizations in matters related to the Committee’s specific mandate and to the broader interests of ICOM.
·Jytte Thorndahl President of CIMUSET Representative for Science and Technologie
CIMUSET was founded during a meeting (2 to 6 October 1972) in Prague at Narodni Technicke Muzeum (National Technical Museum) with 21 foundation members. The two personalities most involved in the birth of CIMUSET were A. Jean Rose, Director of Palais de la Découverte and Joseph Kuba, Director of Narodni Technicke Muzeum in Prague.
The name of the committee is an acronym (in French) : C(omité) I(nternational) (des) MU(sées) (de) S(ciences) E(t) (des) T(echniques).
The second meeting took place in the very small town of Trelevern in Britanny (France), where the parents of Jean Rose were teachers. The meeting was held from 1st to 6th October 1973 with only 14 participants.
The President of the Committee was Joseph Kuba, the Vice-Presidents were Joel N. Bloom (USA) and A.Bose (India), the Secretary Charles Penel (France) and the Adjoint Secretary Dagmar Klepsova (Tchecoslovaquia).
In 1977, the meeting was held in Leningrad and Moscow. The President of the Board was Theo Stillger (RFA), V.J. Danilov (USA) and A.Bose (India) as Vice-Presidents, G.Gottman (RFA) as Secretary and Charles Penel as Treasurer.
On 20 of June 1979, a meeting was held in Paris with Jacques Perot (then Vice-Président of ICOM) to create various sections of CIMUSET: CIMUSET-Europe, CIMUSET-Asia and CIMUSET- Africa.
The London meeting was held from 25 to 30 July 1983 in association with transport museums. Joseph Kuba took the place of Theo Stillger, V.J.Danilov and S. Ghose were Vice-Presidents, Dieter Schultz became Secretary, the Treasurer was Charles Penel. In 1989 in The Hague, Torleif Lindveit was elected President and Gurgen Grigorian replaced Saroj Ghose as Vice-President, Joel N.Bloom (President and Director of Franklin Institute in Philadelphia) was also Vice-President, Jens Breinegaard Secretary, Dominique Ferriot, Treasurer.
During the Triennial Assembly in Quebec (1992) Jens Breinegaard became President, Paul Donahue and Gurgen Grigorian were Vice-Presidents, Patrick Greene Secretary and Peter Rebernik Treasurer. In Stavanger in 1995, Patrick Greene became President with Michael Dauskardt taking over in 1998 in Melbourne.
The 21st Century
The change of millennium was marked by the meeting of Paris in 2000. In 2001 Paul F. Donahue became President during the general assembly in Barcelona. The meeting of Ljubljana, chaired by the President of ICOM, Jacques Perot, in 2003 was organised by three committees: MPR (Marketing and Public Relations) ICTOP (Training) and CIMUSET. Bernard Blache was elected president in 2004 at the conference held in Seoul, Korea. The presidential mantle was passed on to Jytte Thorndahl at the Triennial conference in Shanghai, China in 2010.