Science Gallery is currently participating in a number of research projects funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020, FP7 and Creative Europe programmes and Science Learning+ an international funding initiative supported by a partnership between the National Science Foundation in the US and the UK based, Wellcome Trust and Economic and Social Research Council.
Art + Science: Broadening youth participation in STEM Learning
This project was a cross-disciplinary, collaborative inquiry into how/if programmes that integrate art and science enrich and broaden the participation of young people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. The project, funded in Phase 1 by the Science Learning+ initiative, involved a collaboration between Science Gallery Dublin, Exploratorium, and the University of Washington together with some 24 educators and researchers from 5 countries, and included the participation of 15 youth from Dublin and San Francisco.
The project focused in particular on how programmes can advance equity (access as well as full and meaningful participation) in STEM learning for youth from communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields. The project reviewed the current research literature and leading art+science programs in the field; identified key constructs that were integrated into a research framework; piloted two formative assessment tools that sought to measure student engagement and support facilitator refection; and identified gaps in the knowledge- base that future research-practice partnerships might address.
European Commission Funded Research Collaborations
Horizon 2020 is the European Union's main instrument for supporting collaborative research and pioneering educational development and innovation in science, engineering and technology. Partnering key scientific and educational spaces across Europe, initiatives and ideas generated within Horizon 2020 projects are not bound by geographic borders and benefit from a diversity of opinion and cultural influences. Research is an investment in our future and is placed at the core of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Horizon 2020 supports Responsible Research & Innovation - that is research and innovation which is with society and for society, and which addresses grand societal challenges, resulting in outcomes which are ethically acceptable, socially desirable and practically sustainable.
In cooperation with seven artistic & cultural institutions as well as ESA–European Space Agency, CERN and the ESO–European Southern Observatory, the European Digital Art and Science Network is an international initiative offering artists the chance to spend a residency of several weeks at the scientific partner institute, followed by a residency at the the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The network aims to link up scientific aspects and ideas with approaches used in digital art, to foster interdisciplinary work and intercultural exchange, as well as gaining access to new target audiences. This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe sub-programme of the European U.nion
HYPATIA project is a Horizon 2020 funded project aimed at engaging 13-18 year old teenagers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a gender-inclusive way and addressing the attitudes of STEM education professionals towards more gender-inclusive practices. In order to do this, Hypatia brings together science centres and museums, schools, research institutions and industry with gender experts and teenagers themselves. These groups of stakeholders work together on national and European levels through 14 hubs, co-developing the content and co-organising activities and events.
Expect Everything is a campaign coordinated by the Hypatia project which aims to engage teenagers interest in STEM subjects through a gender-inclusive, age-appropriate lens. The mobile site will contain content curated by teams of teenagers from each of the 14 national hubs, and will incorporate social media posts, videos, blog entries, interviews with scientists and interesting and exciting science news. The students attending Science Gallery Dublin's TY Mentoring programs will contribute content for the site.
Tinkering is an innovative pedagogy pioneered by the Exploratorium of San Francisco. It supports the construction of knowledge within the context of building personally meaningful artifacts and designs opportunities for people to 'think with their hands' in order to construct meaning and understanding and develop skills useful for a lifetime. Research shows that Tinkering holds key benefits for learning, especially for those who say 'they are not good at science', or young people with educational or integration difficulties. Tinkering EU: Building Science Capital for All is an EU-funded transnational collaboration project which uses the innovative pedagogy of tinkering to develop the 21st century skills and science capital of disadvantaged youth and improve science education in schools of disadvantaged communities.
BRAINHACK is a Horizon 2020 funded FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) project, which aims to use the technology of Brain-Computer Interfaces to bring together communities of artists, scientists, developers and entrepreneurs to create innovative outputs. The project provides opportunities for these collaborations through "Hack The Brain" Hackathon events. The first edition was held in Amsterdam in June 2016 (www.hackthebrain.nl) and the second edition was held in Prague in December 2016 (hackthebrain.cz).Science Gallery Dublin will hold a Hack the Brain Hackathon in Spring/Summer 2017 (dates TBC). To register your interest and to receive updates on Hack the Brain Dublin, contact our European Projects Coordinator Mairéad Hurley: email@example.com
SPARKS project is an awareness-raising touring exhibition highlighting responsible research and innovation in healthcare practices. SPARKS will show Europeans across 33 countries that they can get involved in science, and that various stakeholders share the responsibility for scientific research and innovation. The SPARKS exhibition will visit Science Gallery Dublin in early 2018
RRI TOOLS: Building a better relationship between science and society.
Europe wants to promote not only excellent but also socially desirable science and technology: it is vital to align the objectives of research and innovation processes with the needs and values of the societies that support them. There is clear evidence that today we need to involve the whole of society in the decisions about the development of science and technology so we can all contribute to the smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth of our societies.
In this context, RRI Tools has been set up in order to empower all actors to contribute their share to the Responsible Research and Innovation initiative. Funded under the Framework Programme FP7 (2007-2013), the final outcome of RRI Tools is to develop a set of digital resources to advocate, train, disseminate and implement RRI under Horizon 2020.