The Idea Translation lab is a 12-week course, which runs during Hilary Term. Taking place in the Science Gallery the course is part of Trinity College’s broad curriculum offering. The aim of the course is to provide science, humanities and art undergraduate students with the possibility of collaborating and creating projects together.
Each year the course is tied to one of the Science Gallery’s major exhibitions. In 2011 student projects focused on water, which tied to the Surface Tension exhibition. In 2012 the focus was on hacking and the city, which connected to HACK-THE-CITY and in 2013 the focus will be on synthetic biology, which will tie to our Autumn exhibition Grow Your Own....
In addition to students projects been included within the gallery exhibition programme the best projects are selected and further developed during a week-long intensive workshop at the Le Laboratoire in Paris.
In 2013 TCD students partnered with seven industrial and product design students from NCAD (National College of Art Design) to work on projects relating to the field of synthetic biology. Projects will also be presented at gallery on 3 April, 2013 with ‘winning’ project going forward for presentation at the international media art exhibition Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and the Science Gallery’s exhibition Grow Your Own...
This exciting and unique interdisciplinary course is a rare opportunity for undergraduate students to develop ideas outside of their disciplinary boundaries and showcase the work on an international platform.
The programme aims to equip students with skills beyond their discipline boundaries to take creative project ideas and interrogate, applying both design and entrepreneurial skills to produce projects with real world outcomes. These projects may have impact along three axes: social, cultural and commercial. Furthermore the course will encourage students to reflect critically on the broader perspectives around the cultural, ethical and economic role of science in society including science policy and the commercialization of new ideas.
COURSE START DATE 2013:
FINISH DATE 2013:
Michael John Gorman
COURSE COORDINATOR & TUTOR 2012/2013:
Dr Teresa Dillon
ITL Coordinator, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin
Course coordinator 2011: Ralph Borland