Science exhibit to show how 4IR will shape our future

Posted on 23 Jan 2018 by Jonny Williamson

A new exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre aims to inspire the innovators, engineers and scientists of tomorrow by exploring how technology will impact future generations.

Almost 70,000 schoolchildren visit Glasgow Science Centre annually - image courtesy of GSC.
Almost 70,000 schoolchildren visit Glasgow Science Centre annually – image courtesy of GSC.

Idea #59 is the latest interactive exhibition by Glasgow Science Centre (GSC), and will explore the technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Namely: artificial intelligence (AI), big data, robotics, advanced manufacturing, precision medicine and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government-sponsored Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the exhibition will showcase the cutting-edge work carried out by Scotland’s eight Innovation Centres:

  • Glasgow Science Centre (GSC)
  • Centre of excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), Construction Scotland (CSIC)
  • Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI)
  • Stratified Medicine (SMS-IC)
  • Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)
  • Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)
  • Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)
  • The Data Lab

The eight SFC-funded Innovation Centres aim to help businesses increase the pace of innovation and, in turn, help both the Scottish economy and people’s health.

Almost 70,000 schoolchildren visit Glasgow Science Centre annually and over its five-year life span, it is estimated that the Idea #59 exhibition could draw in around two million people.

Idea #59 is expected to open in Spring 2019. To date, £250,000 in funding has been raised and now GSC is calling on businesses to come on board as partners to help raise the remaining £750,000 to bring the exhibition to life.

The project will also act as a conduit to help realise the Scottish Government’s aims around increasing innovation in Scotland.

Last summer, the Scottish Government outlined proposals to help the advanced manufacturing, energy and financial technology sectors, to give additional support for graduate entrepreneurs and to help companies to access finance.

In addition, it was announced that research and development support from Scottish Government enterprise agencies was to increase almost 70% – from £22m to £37m a year over three years.

A group of experts from academia and industry will provide advice, guidance and direction for the new exhibition. Members include representatives from the Innovation Centres, University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), Fraunhofer Scotland, Technology Scotland, and Engineering Scotland.

Jonny Williamson sat down with Dr Michael Ward, chief technology officer University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) to discuss innovation, collaboration and investment.

You can read the article here.