A flagship international collaboration to inspire young Indian innovators —
Science Gallery Bengaluru will be a dynamic new space for engaging young adults at the interface between science and the arts, drawing on the intellectual capital of three of India’s leading research institutions, Indian Institute of Science, National Centre for Biological Science and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, which offer complementary areas of expertise.
Due to open its doors in 2021, Science Gallery Bengaluru is being developed with the founding support of the Government of Karnataka. The first space of its kind in Asia, Science Gallery Bengaluru will deliver an innovative, ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events to engage 15-25 year olds at the dynamic interface between art and science.
As the first Asian member of the Global Science Gallery Network, SGB will build on the proven university-linked model of public engagement pioneered by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, but will adapt this model to a radically different context – the city of Bengaluru, with a population of almost 11 million people, home to a dynamic creative community, some of India’s leading scientific institutions, and also the IT and biotechnology hub of India.
As part of an international project, membership of the Global Science Gallery Network will also connect these organisations with Trinity College Dublin, King's College London, University of Melbourne and other leading research universities worldwide, presenting a rich joint platform for sharing ideas, projects and approaches between those at the forefront of scientific and creative innovation worldwide as we work together to inspire and enable young adults to become the innovators of the future.
For more about SGI and the Global Science Gallery Network see here.
Image above: Dr. Mukund Thattai, NCBS delivering a workshop at Science Gallery Dublin during GROW YOUR OWN 2013. Yashas Shetty from Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology was Artist-in-Residence along with Mukund at a community bio-lab during the exhibition.
Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin has a history of collaboration with the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (SIADT) on exhibitions and workshop programmes in Dublin and Bengaluru. Building on the learnings of the Dublin Science Gallery, which has attracted over 2 million visitors since opening in 2008, Science Gallery International (SGI) is the charity established to develop the Global Science Gallery Network with the goal of creating eight university-linked galleries worldwide by 2020.
Following the creation of SGI in 2012, Bengaluru expressed an interest in housing a Science Gallery for India. A feasibility study for Science Gallery Bengaluru was subsequently carried out by PwC Bengaluru. In November 2014, the Government of Karnataka agreed to proceed with the project and signed a Development and Membership Agreement with SGI, as well as committing to provide land, pre-operating funding, and 25-33% of annual operating costs. Science Gallery Bengaluru was incorporated as a non-profit company limited by guarantee in November 2015.
Science Gallery Bengaluru has the following objectives:
- To engage and inspire over 400,000 visitors per year at the interface between science and art, with 40% of visitors aged between 15 and 25 years old
- To excite young adults about the opportunities and developments in research in a stimulating social environment
- To provide structured opportunities for IISc, NCBS and SIADT students to develop science communication skills through participating in gallery programmes
- To serve as a year-round public engagement platform for research carried out in the IISc, NCBS and SIADT, around key research themes of local interest
- To provide Bengaluru, as India’s “science city” and technology hub, with a successful and sustainable public engagement venue, leveraging support of government, corporates and philanthropic supporters
- To develop Science Gallery Bengaluru exhibitions suitable for touring globally
- To involve IISc, NCBS and SIADT in long-term collaborations with the other universities participating in the Global Science Gallery Network, including Trinity College Dublin, King’s College London and University of Melbourne amongst others.
Key Project Partners
- Government of Karnataka (Dept of IT, BT and S&T), Founding Partner: The GoK has committed to provide the land for SGB, a financial contribution to pre-operating costs, and a contribution of 25%-33% of annual operating costs
- Indian Institute of Science, Lead Academic Partner: IISc is the premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in India, whose division of Biological Sciences is engaged in frontline research at the frontiers of modern biology, committed to address real life problems such as those involving tuberculosis,malaria,diarrhoeal diseases,and disorders of various kinds.
- National Centre for Biological Sciences, Collaborating Partner: NCBS is a research centre specialising in biological research. The mandate of NCBS is basic and interdisciplinary research in the frontier areas of biology.
- Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Collaborating Partner: One of India’s leading design schools, established with the objective providing art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.
Science Gallery Bengaluru is a non-profit company limited by guarantee, registered in Bengaluru, India. It is governed by an independent Board of Directors; Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (chair), Mr Gaurav Gupta, Dr H. Honne Gowda, Prof Vijay Chandru, Prof Satyajit Mayor, Prof Rahul Pandit , Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Ms V. Manjula, Dr Rajkumar Khatri, Prof Anurag Kumar (IISc), Dr Geetha Narayanan.