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Where can you check out your oral bacteria or your blood sample? Those of you thinking about medical testing labs are wrong. An all-new science museum opening up in Bengaluru in 2017, offers visitors amazing interactive experiences.

education Updated: Dec 03, 2014 12:44 IST
Vandana Ramnani

Where can you check out your oral bacteria or your blood sample? Those of you thinking about medical testing labs are wrong. An all-new science museum opening up in Bengaluru in 2017, offers visitors amazing interactive experiences.

Set up on the lines of the model pioneered by the Trinity College, Dublin, the facility, the only one in Asia, would hold different exhibitions and live experiments on visitors and interaction with scientists, engineers and researchers. The themes will be both universal and of relevance to India. Some of the exhibitions that have been held in Dublin so far include - Grow Your Own: Life After Nature. This exhibition explored synthetic biology and a future of living machines.Yet another exhibition on Fat: It’s Delicious was a ‘lab in the gallery’ that explored fat.

The Indian Institute of Science is the lead academic partner for the gallery and along with collaborating partners — the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology — will provide intellectual support and creative input.

For scientists, the gallery will provide a new platform for creating, testing and communicating cutting edge research. For artists, it will provide opportunities for practitioners from any background to work on ideas, and exposure through travelling exhibitions and media coverage.

The addition of Science Gallery Bengaluru to the Global Science Gallery Network will lead to collaborative links between the Irish university and the Indian academic partners.The aim behind setting up such a gallery is to ignite a passion in young people for new ideas, fostering the next generation of science and technology pioneers, says Dr Chris Horn, chairman, Science Gallery International.

The gallery will use universal themes that will be selected in part by a group of about 50 thought leaders known as the Leonardo Group. Each gallery will create four exhibitions annually, and it is likely that one or two of these will ultimately tour through the Global Science Gallery Network every year.