Troy Livingston announced as Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit

Science Gallery International and Michigan State University today announced that Troy Livingston will be Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit, an innovative venue for science and art collaboration planned to open in autumn 2017.

Prior to joining Michigan State University as director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit, Troy Livingston was a senior consultant with ExposeYourMuseum where he worked with the Field Museum in Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Institute for Learning Innovation. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the Thinkery, also known as Austin Children’s Museum. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President for Innovation and Learning at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina.

Troy Livingston

Trained as an educator at Northwestern University (SESP 1989), Troy has served as co-principal investigator on federally funded projects from the National Institutes of Health, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Science Foundation. Most recently he served as Co-PI on the Exploratorium’s project, The Science of Sharing which explores the science of human behavior through the lens of social psychology and behavioral economics.

Speaking about this appointment, Troy said "I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the development of the first Science Gallery Lab project here in Detroit, where I was born. Michigan State University is one of the world’s greatest research universities, so it is both fitting and an honor, to join with other leading universities that make up the Science Gallery International network, to do the important work of engaging 15-25- year-olds with ideas that will transform them and the world through art and science. As a fan of Science Gallery’s work since its inception, it’s a dream come true to add this chapter to my career."

Troy lives in Detroit with his wife Kate. They have three children, Dylan and Danny, 19, and Emma, 16, as well as two tiny dogs: Houdini and David Blaine. Talk to Troy at or follow him on Twitter at @Troybur.


Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15–25 year olds with science. Science Gallery Labs are a new, lightweight, pop-up model for activating the Science Gallery approach in any city worldwide – enabling young adults to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing their communities creatively.