Aquae - The future is in the Ocean

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The exhibition is dedicated to the main characteristics of the marine environment, with a special focus on the use and conservation of its resources to promote sustainable development. It is the result of a collaboration between Cnr Communication Unit (referring to Cnr Presidency) and the Cnr sections involved in environmental research: Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technology (Cnr-Dta), Institute of Marine Sciences (Cnr-Ismar), Institute for the Study of Anthropical Impact and Sustainability in the Marine Environment (Cnr-Ias),Institute of Polar Sciences (Cnr-Isp), Institute of Marine Engineering (Cnr-Inm).

When seen from space, our planet looks like a big blue sphere. Despite its name, in fact, 71 % of the Earth is covered by oceans, whose role is vital for our survival. They play a crucial regulating role on climate, host incredible biodiversity, provide sustenance for millions of people and transport 80% of global trade. The relationship between the man and the sea is rooted in myth and the oceans were seen as the place of the unknown for many centuries. Today the sea and its seabed are fields of investigation and study of great scientific relevance not only for present times but above all for the future when the role of the ocean will become more and more decisive for human growth and development.

The exhibition 'Aquae – The future is in the ocean' aims to describe the main characteristics of the marine environment, paying specific attention to the use and conservation of its resources for sustainable development. Experiments, scientific equipment, scale models, video installations and suggestive images lead the public through a journey to the discovery of the oceans. In particular, the first section of the exhibition introduces general themes related to the sea: geographical, physical, chemical, and biological features. Some light is shed on an environment that was almost unknown until the middle of the last century: the ocean floor. lnteractive exhibits and videos provide answers to such questions as how are waves and currents generated? What is the connection between the sea and the climate of the Planet? Which is the biological engine of the sea?

The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to the relationship between the man and the sea: the oceans have always been an invaluable resource for our species. Today science and technology are involved in the search for new methods to make sustainable use of the many resources offered by the sea and, at the same time, they are developing strategies to monitor and protect the marine environment from the effects of the anthropic impact. The last part of the exhibition is dedicated to research carried out by various Cnr lnstitutes involved in the study of sea and navigation. It is an opportunity to consider how the future and the protection of the oceans depend on us, on our behaviour and on the policies that our governments and industries will decide to adopt.


  • 22/11/2022 - 27/11/2022: in Naples as part of the 36th edition of Futuro Remoto, the exhibition continues until 2 April 2023. The Aquae exhibition is part of the centenary celebrations of Cnr.
  • 18/06/2019 - 31/12/2019 - extended until 31 March 2020: set up in Venice at the Institute of Marine Sciences (Cnr-Ismar, Tesa 104 - Arsenale, Castello 2737/F).
  • 22/11/2018 - 20/12/2018: set up in Rome at Cnr headquarters (Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, in front of the Conference Room, Digital Gallery, Multifunctional Room and 3D Room). The exhibition was inaugurated by the President of Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella together with the main Italian institutional authorities on 21 November 2018 as part of the celebrations for the 95th anniversary of Cnr. 
  • 25/10/2018 - 04/11/2018: national preview in Genoa as part of the 2018 Science Festival (Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9 - "Munizioniere" Room).




Last update: 19/10/2023