Research projects and collaborations




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):,
Joanna Crispell (European Research Projects Coordinator):
Evangelos Kapros (Researcher):
Grace D'Arcy (European Research Projects Assistant):


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):