Trinity's Science Gallery to go global
TRINITY College's Science Gallery is opening its first overseas branch in London.
The Irish initiative will set up eight Science Galleries worldwide by 2020, beginning with an operation in King's College, London. It is due to open in 2015. Discussions are also taking place with city-based universities in New York, Bangalore and Melbourne.
The organisation has already been awarded a €1m grant from Google for its international expansion. It has also secured another €2m in funding to develop its Irish unit. This includes a €1.8m award from health fund the Wellcome Trust that will see it introduce a joint artist-in-residency programme with the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute as well as new research facilities.
It has also secured €250,000 from Irish drug developer Icon which will be distributed over the next five years.
Originally planned to attract 50,000 people per year, after five years it has welcomed over 1.3 million visitors. It markets itself as a "space where art and science collide", with exhibits ranging from living art experiments to materials science.
"It's fantastic to have such an innovative model of public engagement with science. Every university should have one," says Imperial College London Professor Lord Robert Winston.