From biohackers with big ambitions to patients building their own medical devices and apps for managing their health conditions, the world of DIY science will be on show at SPARKS, a new free exhibition at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, opening on Tuesday, 9th January.

SPARKS, a travelling exhibition that has already been shown in 33 European countries, aims to stimulate conversations between citizens, scientists, policy makers and education professionals in order to encourage a shared responsibility for science in a way that makes it relevant to the needs of society.

A local case study showcasing the work of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin will also be on display at SPARKS. This study, the first of its kind in the world, directly compares the ageing experience of people with an intellectual disability to the general ageing population.

Join us at Science Gallery Dublin from 5.30pm on Tuesday, 9th January for some light refreshments to toast the official launch of SPARKS. The first talk in the exhibition’s Science Espresso series will take place at 6.30pm after the launch on Tuesday, and features Trinity College Dublin’s Mary McCarron, Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity’s School of Nursing.

The Science Espresso talk series will run throughout January and February, offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with experts representing different areas of health research. 

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