Research projects and collaborations


Current Projects


SySTEM 2020: Science Learning Outside the Classroom

SySTEM 2020 is a project focusing on STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts & maths) outside the classroom for children and young people 9 to 20 years old. It is a Research and Innovation Action, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, Grant Agreement number 788318.

Science Gallery Dublin is the coordinator of this consortium, working alongside 10 partners, as well as an additional 11 linked third-party organisations, thereby covering 19 European countries. The project has many different aims:

ASSESS - To generate an overview of non-formal and informal science learning in Europe that contributes to the knowledge base of science with and for society;
UNDERSTAND AND IDEATE - To involve stakeholders in defining the main challenges regarding science learning outside classroom and to co-design ideas and concepts that support scientific literacy
DESIGN, DEVELOP AND EXECUTE - new tools and frameworks and practices for implementation in non-formal learning programmes.
REFLECT AND EVOLVE – To evaluate the success and learnings of the tools developed and improve their efficacy through an iterative design process;
ENGAGE AND INFORM – To communicate and disseminate the critical findings of this project over the duration of the three years.

To find out more about SySTEM 2020 please email and follow us on Twitter: @system2020eu

Staff working on this project:

Mairéad Hurley (Principal Investigator):
Kali Dunne (Project Manager):
Sophie Perry (Researcher):
Evangelos Kapros (Researcher):


STEM Inside: Arts-integrated STEM Learning Programmes

This partnership between researchers and educators in the USA, the UK and Ireland is funded by the National Science Foundation (USA) and Wellcome Trust Foundation (UK) through their Science Learning+ programme. The project will document ways that out-of-school programs serving economically and racially marginalized youth can build young people’s interests and skills in science, digital design, coding and production. The project consists of six studies, involving making/tinkering, media production, museum learning, digital arts and pop-up/street science. It also includes a longitudinal study of student learning outcomes. 

STEM Inside brings together a diverse array of partners. Out-of-school learning partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (USA), Guerilla Science (USA & UK), Science Gallery Dublin (IE), Wac Arts (UK) and Youth Radio (USA). Research partners are Indiana University (USA), London School of Economics (UK) and the University of Washington (USA). Together, these partners are collaborating deeply at many levels, forming a research-practice partnership.

To learn more about this project, please email  

Staff working on this project:
Joseph Roche (Principal Investigator):
Mairéad Hurley (Education & Learning Manager): 
Muiríosa Guinan (Research Assistant):


SISCODE: Co-design for society in innovation and science

SISCODE is an EU funded project aimed at stimulating the use of co-creation methodologies in policy design, and the use of bottom-up design driven methodologies to pollinate Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies.

The project is led by the Politecnico di Milano and brings together 17 organisations with extensive networks, world class research experience, policy expertise and a proven track record of collaboration.

As part of the project, Science Gallery Dublin will be tackling the problem of "mental health and well-being management with young people" through our OPEN MIND activities.

To find out more about SISCODE please visit and follow on Twitter: @SISCODEPROJECT

Staff working on this project:

Mairéad Hurley (Principal Investigator):
Grace D'Arcy (Co-Creation Coordinator):




Tinkering EU2: Building Science Capital for All

Tinkering is an inclusive, innovative and collaborative educational approach with an aim to promote lifelong engagement with science. In 2019/2020 Science Gallery Dublin will work with primary and secondary school teachers to integrate tinkering into their class curriculum. Thirty teachers, along with their classes, will be invited to participate in free workshops in the gallery. Priority will be given to DEIS schools to increase the science capital of students from these schools. Science capital is the sum of a young person’s exposure and access to science and technology.

Tinkering workshops give students an opportunity to learn through personal and meaningful experiences. Students are encouraged to develop their creative confidence and critical thinking. The workshops equip teachers with skills and tools they can recreate and build upon in order to enrich their teaching practice. The full list of workshops will be published in September 2019. Two popular examples of activities that will be on offer include:

Doodle Bots: this workshop challenges the learner to build a motorised robot that moves across a surface and makes a mark. The materials are simple and require the student to build and test their own design.

Marble Machines: in this workshop we challenge students to assemble a complex path for a marble to travel. The student’s creative and problem solving process is immediately visible in their finished Marble Runs. This workshop utilizes materials that can be used time and time again in new and innovative ways.

Workshops for 5th & 6th classes (primary), and 1st, 2nd and 3rd year classes (secondary) will be held on Monday mornings during term time between September and May 2019-2020. Teachers are required to attend one introductory training session in advance of their class workshop. The initial round of training sessions for teachers attending workshops in Autumn 2019 will be held on Saturday, September 7th 2019 (11am-1pm) and Wednesday, September 25th 2019 (5-7pm). For teachers attending the workshops between January and May 2020, the training workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 8th 2020 (5-7pm) and Saturday, January 11th (11am-1pm). 

If you would like to sign up for yourself and your class to participate, complete THIS FORM. Please note that Science Gallery Dublin is not in a position to cover travel or catering costs for schools to attend these free workshops - transport and catering must be organised independently. If you have any questions about the programme, contact with the subject line “Tinkering EU”

These workshops are offered as part of the international collaboration project “Tinkering EU2: Building Science Capital for All”, funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. Follow the activities of the project partners on @TinkeringEU