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AMAZING NEWS! Catalyst, Techniquest & Eureka to transform with funding from ISF
6 science centres across the UK have received £13 million between them through the Inspiring Science Fund to engage new visitors.
The centres will all receive new funding after presenting exciting plans to connect with audiences and communities who don’t currently visit science centres or engage with learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The ISF scheme, which is co-funded by BEIS and Wellcome, supports science centres across the UK. It is a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.
Catalyst – £754,600
“Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is thrilled it has been successful with a grant application of £754,600 from the Inspiring Science Fund. With additional match funding this will mean a total project investment of £1,078,000.”
Catalyst Science centre in Widnes will launch “Catalyst for a future generation”, exploring ground-breaking thinking about the relationship between science and wellbeing. Involving the community and local partners in the design of our spaces and exhibits, Catalyst will inspire a future generation of scientists across the north west and beyond.
Jayne Edwards, Director of Catalyst said “This project entitled ‘Catalyst for a future generation’ will explore ground-breaking thinking about the relationship between science and wellbeing. We will involve all ages of the community and local partners in the innovative design of our spaces and exhibits to inspire a future generation of scientists across the North West and beyond, using new methods of experimentation and discovery.”
Techniquest – £3,000,000
In Wales, The Science Capital will see a transformation of Techniquest, extending it into a contemporary STEM hub, and diversifying its audiences. It will house innovative new content, developed with businesses and academics at the forefront of STEM in Wales and supported by a programme of community co-production, highlighting the role STEM technologies shape the future of our society.
Eureka! Mersey – £3,000,000
In the north west, Eureka! will open a second visitor attraction on the Wirral, extending their discovery-based approach for children and young people across the Mersey region. Eureka! Mersey will be a £11 million reinvention of the existing Spaceport attraction, creating a 21st century science and discovery centre for 0-14 year olds.
Inspiring Science Fund
The Inspiring Science Fund is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome. The scheme supports science centres to rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. The aims of the fund are to revitalise the offer of existing science centres through capital development, such as new exhibition spaces and learning centres, and the opportunity to develop meaningful engagement with underserved and underrepresented audiences. This opportunity to refresh how science centres are operating will lead to more sustainable business models, and contribute to science centre sector development through shared learning.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the new funding organisation for research and innovation in the UK, will succeed BEIS as co-funder of the Inspiring Science Fund later in 2018. UKRI brings together the seven UK research councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England, working closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy and climate change. The Department is responsible for: developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business; ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; and tackling climate change.
“Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We focus on people, helping everyone play their own role in improving health
We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate. We believe that if the public – by which we mean individuals, communities and society – are actively involved in our work, then Wellcome will be more likely to succeed in its mission and will become even more accountable.”
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