In April 2012, İstanbul Bilgi University’s Energy Museum was recognized by the European Museum Academy (EMA) with the DASA Award. This is the first year the DASA Award has been awarded by the EMA.
The European Museum Academy is a society of museum experts from a variety of different national and cultural backgrounds that is focused on promoting the advancement of museological knowledge. As part of their mission to recognize leading institutions throughout the region, the EMA organizes the annual Micheletti Award, which was established to recognize excellence in industry, technology and science museums. The awards are also open to museums focused on the 20th Century (history, social, political, and military), which reflects the widening scope of the work of the Micheletti Foundation.
The evaluation committee reviewed 6 finalists, including Istanbul Bilgi University’s Energy Museum, for the 2012 Micheletti Award. While they awarded the 2012 Micheletti Award to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, they recognized BILGI's energy museum with the 2012 DASA Award. The new DASA award, which is named after the first museum to win the Micheletti Award, recognizes museums that best bring art, industry and business together. Both awards were during the April 2012 Awards Ceremony held at the Textile and Industry Museum in Ausburg, Germany.
The Director of DASA museum, Dr. Gerhard Kilger, presented the DASA award to Asst. Prof. Serhan Ada, faculty member at İstanbul Bilgi University and founding director of santralistanbul in which Energy Museum is located. The Energy Museum was renovated and reconverted by the architect Han Tümertekin, renowned architects Emre Arolat, İhsan Bilgin and Nevzat Sayın took part in the larger santralistanbul project.
Dr. Gerhard Kilger stated that the Energy Museum, which exists due to the efforts of İstanbul Bilgi University, has played an important role in business and industry world of İstanbul and Turkey since it was opened. Located at the farthest point of Haliç, the Energy Museum successfully integrates functions of a museum and an educational institution as well as establishing close collaboration with surrounding neighborhoods to promote social development.
The 2013 Micheletti Awards will be held at the City Museum located in Bursa, Turkey