Emory University in Atlanta is to become the latest location of a Science Gallery.

Dublin-based Science Gallery International (SGI) said the world leading university would become the eighth partner institution around the world.

"This achievement demonstrates the international appetite for the Science Gallery concept – in which science and the humanities work together, and one which was homegrown in Ireland and exported across the world," said Executive Director of Science Gallery International, Dr Andrea Bandelli.
"Now, more than ever, creative solutions are required to address pressing scientific issues and, with the help of our supportive university partners across the world, Science Gallery International is proud to be at the vanguard of facilitating dialogue, collaboration, ideas and action at the interface of art and science, and design and technology."

In total €180m has been invested in the network, which has its origins in Trinity College Dublin's Science Gallery.

More than five million visitors have visited one of the galleries since the first one opened 12 years ago.

Aside from Dublin and the new location in Atlanta, there are Science Galleries in London, Detroit, Melbourne, Venice, Bengaluru, and Rotterdam. 

"At Emory, we believe in harnessing our teaching and research excellence to kindle critical thinking and address global challenges," said Emory president Claire Sterk.

"That's what Science Gallery is all about. We view this gallery as a place where creativity, scholarship, and service can come together to help make a brighter future for all."

The aim of the outlets is to bring together science, art, technology and design in a world-class educational and cultural experiences for young people aged 15-25 years. 

The network has also run a series of pop-up programmes and touring exhibitions.

Today’s announcement means SGI has achieved its aim of delivering eight locations by this year.

It said it is in talks for further collaboration with other prospective university partners.