UK science centres get £13 million for public engagement

Wellcome is giving £13 million in funding to five science centres around the UK to encourage new and different ideas that will help to make science more accessible. 

Artist's impression of Bristol's revamped science centre, We The Curious

Credit: At-Bristol

Five science centres are sharing the £13.1 million funding.

The funding has been awarded through the Inspiring Science Fund.

The successful centres in this first round of funding are At-Bristol, Aberdeen Science Centre, International Centre for Life in Newcastle, Thinktank in Birmingham and W5 in Belfast.

Simon Chaplin, Wellcome’s Director of Culture & Society, says that Wellcome believes everyone should have the opportunity to explore, debate and shape research. "Science centres across the UK provide welcoming spaces to help make this happen and to explore the role of science in culture."

About the science centres

Inspiring Science Fund: next round of funding

Applications for the next round of the Inspiring Science Fund are now open. The deadline for preliminary submissions is 19 October 2017.

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