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Ireland's science gallery looking at Bangalore

Subhra Priyadarshini

doi:10.1038/nindia.2012.99 Published online 13 July 2012

Ireland's Global Science Gallery Network (GSGN) is in preliminary discussions with a Bangalore-based institution to set up a world class science gallery in the south Indian city, considered to be the science capital of India.

The announcement was made at a press conference of the network at the ongoing European Science Open Forum, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland today.

Michael John Gorman, Director of Science Gallery Dublin says arts and science collide naturally in Bangalore.

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Though the director of the Dublin Science Gallery Michael John Gorman did not divulge the name of the institution, he mentioned the National Centre of Biological Science (NCBS) and the Indian Institute of Science as doing exemplary work in the intersection of science and arts — the key operating principle of the network.

"People in Bangalore are so enthusiastic about getting things done. I might be introduced to someone over e-mail the evening before and I might actually be having breakfast with him the next morning. That's how fast Bangalore is, and we love that enthusiasm", Gorman said explaining why the city was chosen among the first six to expand their network.

The global expansion, with a primary seed fund of one million euros from Google.org will establish eight science galleries worldwide by 2020 in partnership with leading universities located in cities like London, Singapore, Bangalore and Moscow. It is aiming at engaging between 2 to 4 million visitors annually.

Bangalore's rich creative scene and the interplay between science and arts was one of the strong points that caught the interest of the network. "There's a seething excitement about science, promising start-ups and exciting technology companies that fit the bill," Gorman said.

The discussions about the gallery are still preliminary and a date for the beginning or completion of the project has not yet been finalised, he added.