2020 Programme 

2020 will see three new seasons: INVISIBLE, SYSTEMS and BOREDOM along with an exciting Research & Learning Programme.  We will continue to offer thought-provoking events along with our highly sought after Transition Year programme, OPEN MINDS and gallery tours.  

REBOOT 17.02.2020 - 28.02.2020

In between the PLASTIC and INVISIBLE exhibitions, Science Gallery Dublin will hit pause on our programming to plan our strategy for the next ten years. Rather than doing so behind closed doors, we are opening our doors for two weeks. We will run workshops, town hall sessions and discussions in the gallery space with the public and multiple stakeholders to ask our community where we should go next.

INVISIBLE 13.03.20 – 31.05.20

One of the biggest mysteries in physics today is what exactly makes up our Universe, and why – according to the world’s leading scientists – 95 percent of it cannot be observed. In March 2020, Science Gallery Dublin will explore the elusive building blocks of the Universe with INVISIBLE, a free exhibition and events programme combining art, physics, and philosophy, and drawing on the latest research from King’s College London. INVISIBLE originated in Science Gallery London as DARK MATTER.

Normal matter – everything that we can see and observe – makes up just 5 percent of the Universe. The rest, including dark matter and dark energy, is an unknown which scientists have been hunting for nearly a century. As scientists approach the limits of what can be observed or known within theoretical physics, INVISIBLE at Science Gallery Dublin highlights the critical role of artists, philosophers, and storytellers in our understanding of reality. INVISIBLE brings together scientific research, artistic expression, storytelling and philosophy to communicate and explore the limits of human knowledge and our fascination with the unknown. Imagining the unseen and questioning the invisible, INVISIBLE will explore fundamental physics, matter and materiality, the concept of invisibility and infinite divisibility, and the human quest for absolute truth and knowledge.

SYSTEMS 19.06.2020 - 27.09.2020

What is the physical imprint of the internet? Where is the cloud? What is the environmental impact of our networked society? Who really owns our data? What is the impact of the individual parts that make up the whole? Have we designed a world of systems around instead of for humans?

In a time of heightened global crisis, the systems that shape our world are becoming increasingly fragile. While ecosystems are being destroyed, political processes are being manipulated, economic structures exploited and local networks eroded, all exasperated by our increased dependency on technological and automated systems. Yet how much do we really know of these systems? How are they all connected, and what are the infrastructures and networks upon which they are built? How do we find out? How can we navigate, probe, critique and challenge them? 

SYSTEMS at Science Gallery Dublin will explore the many different systems that form our contemporary networked society. It will highlight, investigate and test these systems, or offer alternative ones for an uncertain future.

BOREDOM 16.10.2020 - 31.01.2021

Boredom questions our attention economy through neuroscience and psychology from sleep and mindfulness to ageing and creativity - just how active is an inactive brain?

With new technologies disrupting the way we digest information and becoming ever-present what are the implications for brain health? BOREDOM will look at the importance of play and creativity for our mental health and overall brain health.


In Science Gallery Dublin, we feel a deep responsibility to encourage young people to consider what is required to succeed in a world where skills and competencies such as critical thinking, collaboration and creativity are key. We are delighted to be part of the Trinity Education Project through our Trinity Elective Idea Translation Lab and in 2020, we will offer accredited courses for Trinity PhD students from across disciplines, who will benefit from our creative environment and develop the broad skills needed to share their research with the wider world. 

Science Gallery Dublin currently coordinates the SySTEM 2020 project which connects, evaluates and improves informal Science Education across Europe, and this role really places Science Gallery and Trinity College at the forefront of this field for practitioners and policy makers as we head into the new era of Horizon Europe. 

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