Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin
Coordinator – Trinity College Dublin is home to the inspiring living experiment that is Science Gallery Dublin. Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages young people to learn through their interests. The focus of the nonprofit gallery is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise. Science Gallery Dublin develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. Science Gallery Dublin is part of the Global Science Gallery Network pioneered by Trinity College Dublin.
Waag operates at the intersection of science, technology and the arts. Our work focuses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, and is guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusivity. Approaching learning from a maker perspective, Waag’s Maker Education Lab explores experiential disciplines and investigates how a maker-mindset and 21st-century skills can help people to meaningfully participate in society.
Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience, created from the merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) provides higher education and conducts research in design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The Learning Environments research group is part of Medialab (ARTS) and develops research and design on New Media and learning.
Ecsite, the European Network for Science Centres & Museums – is the only Europe-wide network organization that links science centres and museums, natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, universities and research organizations in Europe as active members. The common thread uniting these institutions is a commitment to public engagement, communicating science through accessible, interactive exhibits and programmes. Ecsite counts 400 member institutions located in 30 different European countries. It facilitates co-operation among Europe’s science centres and museums – establishing standards, sharing expertise, disseminating best practice, encouraging collaboration and developing training programmes.
Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects on the nexus of art, technology, society. The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions as as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop.
Bloomfield Science Museum
The Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem (BSMJ) is a leading informal cultural and educational institution in Israel, serving more than more than 300,000 visitors annually, from all sectors of Israeli society. BSMJ both develops and creates in-house its exhibitions consisting of interactive exhibits on subjects in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics that have relevance to daily life and social challenges, and integrates them into a wide range of educational activities
Kersnikova Institute is a non-profit and non-governmental cultural organisation that serves as an institutional frame for three progressive venues: Kapelica Gallery, a world renown platform for contemporary investigative arts, the hacker space Rampa, where relations between society, science, technology and art are being reconsidered, and the inspirational laboratory BioTehna, which focuses on the artistic research of living systems. Over twenty years of daily activities have resulted in hundreds of unforgettable moments and experiences, which have given the contemporaneity form and meaning.
Center for the Promotion of Science
The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN) in Serbia is a public institution with the mission to bridge the gap between science and society by bringing together researchers, educators, policy makers, civil society organizations, business and industry and the general public in the process of research and innovation. The ultimate aim is to influence and adapt the general research agendas to reflect the needs of the society and to address social challenges engaging all actors involved in the process.
MUSEO NAZIONALE DELLA SCIENZA E DELLA TECNOLOGIA LEONARDO DA VINCI
MUST was founded in 1953 and is the largest science museum in Italy. It puts together into one institution a collection-based museum and an interactive science centre.
It has a collection of 15.000 historical objects the majority of which are displayed in permanent exhibitions organised in five grand themes: Communication, Materials, Energy, Transport, Leonardo da Vinci.
In addition, it has 14 educational “Interactive Labs”, spaces inviting visitors to experiment science and technology directly through experiments, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities. The i.labs are dedicated to topics such as robotics, biotechnologies, genetics, energy, chemistry, nutrition, etc.
In 2009, MUST launched CREI, the Centre for Research in Informal Education, as part of the Education Department which does methodological research aiming to identity and integrate innovative learning methods into the Museum work in order to promote STEM learning and visitors’ meaningful experience. Every year the Museum it welcomes more than 500.000 visitors.
Parque de las Ciencias
The Parque de las Ciencias is Andalusia’s science centre and museum. Located in the city centre of Granada, it occupies 70,000 m2. The museum is a Consortium comprised by different national, regional, provincial and local institutions. Since its opening in 1995, the museum has been visited by more than 10,000,000 people. To promote STEM vocations in young people is one of its main purposes. Therefore, it designs public engagement activities focused on increasing the science capital of children and young people of different ages and different social backgrounds.
NOESIS – Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum is a non-profit cultural and educational foundation that promotes the public understanding of Science and Technology, in a way that is both educational and recreational.
The main objective of the Center is the popularization of modern scientific and technological knowledge and its dissemination to the public through exhibitions, movies, educational programs, seminars and lectures.
Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre, aims to bring science and technology closer to the people. We bring science and technology closer to our visitors by informing them in an objective and nuanced way. But there’s more: we also want to fascinate and offer the possibility to learn STEM skills and to work with them in person. That’s why we resolutely choose for interaction: we engage in a dialogue, we ask to think along with us and encourage creation. Because science and technology are important and relevant. A message that we are more than happy to convey. And that’s something we don’t only do at Technopolis itself. We also try to create the broadest possible reach via outreach and online activities. We position ourselves as an inclusive science centre. One that appeals to everyone -regardless of age, culture, gender and religion, with constant attention to broadening our target groups, in particular teenagers and young adults. We want to offer them a total experience. We aim to create an original, dynamic experience with the right balance between fun and education, In an innovative, future-oriented way.
Science Gallery London
Science Gallery London’s mission is to ignite creativity and discovery where art and science collide. Part of King’s College London and the Global Science Gallery network, it is a vibrant, interactive space featuring curated exhibitions and events that bring artists, scientists and young adults together. Science Gallery London supports critical thinkers of the future to help create a world where young people challenge research and culture to affect change. The programme provides a platform for the local community to share their thoughts on cutting-edge research, enhance the King’s student experience and deliver impact for the University’s academic community.
TRACES is a think-and-do, non-profit group on science, its communication and its relationship with society. We constantly challenge self-reassuring assumptions about science in the public sphere – starting from our own – applying the systematic criticism typical of the scientific methods. TRACES aims to create spaces in which to reflect, experiment and innovate in the fields of science in society and public communication of science. TRACES runs the science centre Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes in Paris.
Raumschiff – the Maker Space for Astronomy is a place for people fascinated by the wonders of the Universe. We offer drop-in activities, workshops, science cafés, citizen science, VR-experiences and observation events. Located in a suburban neighbourhood of Zurich, Raumschiff attracts participants of all ages and backgrounds including those typically not visiting a science centre. We focus on a data-based approach to astronomy, closely co-operating with the astroinformatics research group at the FHNW Institute for Data Science. For SySTEM2020, FHNW is the contractual partner, while all actions for the projects are carried out at Raumschiff.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is Europe’s leading laboratory for the life sciences. We are an intergovernmental organization established in 1974 and are supported by over 20-member states. EMBL’s education facility, the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) aims to bridge the gap between research and school. The facility links scientists with secondary school science students and teachers through multifaceted training activities and programmes, communication training for scientists and educational project development.
Tom Tits Experiment
Tom Tits Experiment is one of the oldest and largest Science Centre in Sweden, situated in an old Factory building in the town of Södertälje [Sodertalje]. Most of our visitors are families with children, schools and teachers in professional development. When visiting it’s difficult not to become curious, to start testing things and playing. We are convinced that this is how people learn.
Being the founder of Bulgaria’s first science museum for children – currently the biggest centre of this type in Eastern Europe, the mission of MUZEIKO FOUNDATION is to spark children’s curiosity towards science and learning through interactive play.
MUZEIKO is working within a specific social context with more than 30% of the population living under the poverty line and in a specific geographic location, as Bulgaria is on major roads of migration.
Fundação da Juventude
The Fundação da Juventude (Youth Foundation) is a private institution of public interest and non-profit.
The Foundation’s key areas of focus are the following: education, (re)integration and promotion of activities so as that young people find better work opportunities; promotion and support of the entrepreneur spirit and initiative in youth; promotion and support of the social development and integration of young people, with the intent to minimize and fight social exclusion and rejection/marginalization through of a more active citizenship; generation of information, research and communication mechanisms in order to meet the needs of young people; promotion of culture, animation and intercultural learning for youth; encouragement and rewarding the interest in science and technology, beyond the scope of research and innovation; and boosting interchange networks and exchange experiences/good practices, through national and international partnerships.
ZSI is a private non-profit social-science research organisation with officially recognised common public interest situated in Vienna, Austria. ZSI aims to contribute to a better understanding of societal change and has gained significant expertise in social innovation. Hence, ZSI works in science and praxis, linking systematic research with its application. The organisation’s key activities are clustered in three dedicated units: (1) Work and Equal Opportunities, (2) Research Policy and Development and (3) Technology and Knowledge.
LATRA is a social innovation agency with the vision to BUILD THE WORLD BETTER, by developing and applying innovations in technology and science, directly at the frontlines of global humanitarian and environmental challenges.
In response to the world’s currently largest humanitarian crisis, LATRA set-up a Fab-Lab inside a refugee camp in Lesvos-Greece, to co-create solutions with the refugees that directly respond to current and urgent field needs, creating communities which are inclusive, adaptive, sustainable and resilient.
LATRA is a field ambassador for the application of digitally innovative solutions in complex contemporary societal challenges, and an advocate for equal accessibility in science and technology by socio-economically excluded communities.
LATRA empowers people at the heart of European challenges to systematically approach science and technology and apply them to produce projects and services that contribute to the equitable development of excluded societal groups.
LATRA facilitates access to 21st Century skills, and promotes digital inclusion as accelerator of European equality, empowering marginalized societal groups to become not just actors in their lives, but directors of their future.