About Science Gallery Lab Detroit

Science Gallery Lab Detroit is a brand new kind of space that Michigan State University is bringing to Detroit and East Lansing that will take emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design and technology, and present them to 15-25 year olds in connective, participative, and surprising ways.


Science Gallery Labs will be the ‘innovation engine’ of the Global Science Gallery Network, building on the groundbreaking work of Science Gallery and reinventing it in experimental, uncommon and creative ways. As a positively disruptive agent within the academic setting, Science Gallery Lab Detroit will engage academics and students at Michigan State University with new approaches and means of collaboration, embedding multidisciplinarity and public engagement at all levels in the university system. Science Gallery Lab Detroit will go beyond conventional education and engagement activities, and as the porous membrane between the university and city, it is a catalyst to connect MSU faculty, students and staff with the surrounding creative communities.


Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and will play a pivotal role pushing the boundaries of the entire Global Science Gallery Network.

Science Gallery Labs will unlock the creative potential of young people and in particular of learners from non-dominant or marginalised backgrounds who would otherwise never come into contact with tertiary education, and those who are traditionally distant from formal and informal education models – with an emphasis on broadening the participation of young women in this area. Science Gallery Labs will provide opportunities for young people to develop skills for today's and tomorrow’s jobs, create fertile ground for entrepreneurship and innovation, and act as a source of new connections and inspiration for young people around the globe.


Science Gallery Lab Detroit will start exhibiting in summer 2018. To find out more, sign up for mailing updates at the top right of our homepage, or follow us on Twitter at @SGLabDetroit. Get in touch with Troy Livingston, the Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit, at troy.livingston@detroit.sciencegallery.com.