Today, we are truly delighted to announce that we have reached a significant milestone towards the development of a Science Gallery in Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore), through the signing of an historic agreement with the Karnataka State Government. Bengaluru is a science and technology hub both for India and the world, and we think it will make a fantastic location for the Global Science Gallery Network.
Being based in Bengaluru will enable the new gallery to be connected to a number of globally recognised academic institutions, including the Indian Institute of Science, who will act as the Lead Academic Partner, alongside the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, who will act as Collaborating Partners.
By taking the first steps towards making Science Gallery Bengaluru a reality, the Karnataka State Government is highlighting the value that a creative approach to public engagement and innovation with science, technology, engineering, art and maths can offer.
We are thrilled that with the vital support of the Government of Karnataka, and its Department of BT, IT and S&T, we are initiating the development of Science Gallery Bangalore, a Science Gallery not just for Bangalore and Karnataka, but for India, and as a platform to showcase Indian creativity and innovation worldwide.
We look forward to sharing ideas, projects and approaches between the gallery in Bengaluru and those at Trinity College Dublin, King's College London and future members of the emerging Global Science Gallery Network as we work together to inspire and enable 15-25 year olds to become the innovators of the future.
Young adults from Bengaluru have already engaged with the Science Gallery approach through innovation workshops at Mallya Aditi International School in India and Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. Focusing on the theme of 'Strange Weather', the most recent workshops were run in Bengaluru in November 2014 in collaboration with Mallya Aditi, during which the Aditi faculty worked with potential Marstronaut, former Science Gallery staff member and current Professor in STEM Education at Trinity College Dublin, Joseph Roche. The team conducted three workshops, involving 61 children from 7 schools and a diverse range of backgrounds. Check out this video to find out what they got up to:
We believe that, whether in Dublin, Bengaluru or wherever the Network expands, it is our young people who will show us the way and surprise us with incredible discoveries and new technologies, if we can only find the right way to nurture their interest in STEM areas. More than ever, we need to offer these young people that little nudge to cultivate their curiosity about science, technology and innovation, these are the explorers and innovators who will rise to the “moonshot” challenges of the future.
When Science Gallery Bengaluru opens its doors, and we are hoping this will happen by late 2017, we anticipate welcoming more than 400,000 visitors per year to a changing programme of exhibitions flowing from the local creative and scientific communities. There is so much good energy awaiting the team in Bengaluru - for example, we were delighted to receive this video message from inspiring Indian entrepreneur, Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman and Managing Director of BIOCON and Honorary Consul of Ireland in Bangalore):
We'd like to give thanks in particular to Science Foundation Ireland for providing critical and focused support towards our SG Bengaluru announcement - we couldn't have done it without you!
Having been inspired by the creativity of the young students and the excellence of the research here at first hand, we can’t wait to bring the innovative ideas and exhibitions generated in Bangalore to the world through the Global Science Gallery Network, building and strengthening research and creative connections between Bangalore and Dublin, London, Melbourne, New York and other cities.
So stay tuned!
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Read more about the announcement:
The Irish Times (IE) - "Dublin’s Science Gallery exporting model to India"
Silicon Republic (IE) - "Science Gallery India to be based on model pioneered in Dublin"
Business and Leadership (IE) - "Agreement signed to establish a Science Gallery in Bengaluru, India"
Bangalore Mirror (IN) - "Bengaluru gets Asia’s first Science Gallery"
The Hindu (IN) - "Science Gallery to come up in Bengaluru"
Deccan Herald (IN) - "B'luru to get Asia's first Science Gallery"
Times of India (IN) - "Bengaluru to house Asia’s first Science Gallery"
Times of India (IN) - "City to house Asia’s first Science Gallery"
This Week Bangalore (IN) - "Karnataka state government commits to creating innovative science gallery in Bengaluru"
Sahil Online - "World's Third Science Gallery to Come Up in Bengaluru"
All India News - "Asia's First Science Gallery to be Set Up in Bengaluru"
Print coverage also included:
Times of India - "Science Gallery comes to B’luru" (Print edition, 14 November)
New Indian Express - "Asia’s first Science Gallery"
Prajavani - "MOA signed to setup Science Gallery"
Udayavani - "Bengaluru to get Asia’s first Science Gallery"
For a full details and images from today's announcement contact Fionn Kidney, Global Communications Manager at Science Gallery International at firstname.lastname@example.org.