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Futures Gallery: Want your research exhibited at Thinktank? (Deadline for EoI: April 16, 2018 at 12 noon)

Download call information document here (Please note the deadline  for expressions of interest has been extended slightly to: Monday 16th April, 2018 at 12 noon)


Thinktank Birmingham’s award-winning science museum, and University of Birmingham are delighted to announce a new scheme offering academics the opportunity to develop content for Thinktank’s Futures Gallery.


The Futures gallery (Level 3) brings to life the huge impact science, technology and medicine have on the way we live – now and in the future. Visitors can explore the outer reaches of space, get to grips with innovative inventions and marvel at medical advancements and how they are saving lives. With interactive exhibits such as Create an Alien and RoboThespian, the Futures gallery aims to stimulate debate, explore scientific issues, and encourage us to question our place in the Universe.


We are now seeking expressions of interest from University of Birmingham academics who would like to develop content linked to their research and provide audiences access to contemporary science.  




Indicative outcomes could include but are not limited to:


What University of Birmingham will provide:


What Birmingham Museums Trust c/o Thinktank will provide:


Applicant specification

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to:


March – May 2018 Call for expressions of interest from University of Birmingham academics (by Friday 16 April 2018, 12 noon)

Museum tour and workshop for prospective applicants on 26 April 2018, 1-5pm (send invitations by Friday 20 April, 5pm)

–          Museum tour

–          Outline of the exhibition development process

–          Application planning support


June – July 2018 Application deadline (Friday 1 June 2018, 11.59pm) by completing application form, to be provided at Museum tour and workshop

Notify applicants of receipt of application (by Friday 8 June, 5pm)

Final selections

Notify applicants (by Friday 13 July 2018, 5pm)

July- September 2018 Project delivery / Phase 1: Research and Development

–          Presentation & Feedback session

–          Outlining ideas and key messages linked to research

–          Ongoing mentoring from Thinktank and UoB staff


September – November 2018 Project delivery / Phase 2: Exhibition design

–          Presentation & Feedback session

–          Designing exhibition content and interactivity in partnership with museum professionals

–          Ongoing mentoring from Thinktank and UoB staff

November 2018 to January 2019 Project delivery/ Phase 3: Exhibition build

–          Presentation & Feedback session

–          Building exhibition content and interactivity in partnership with museum professionals

–          Ongoing mentoring from Thinktank and UoB staff

w/b 11 February 2019 Launch
March – May 2019 Project evaluation


Travel and expenses

Whilst there is no fee for the successful applicant, travel/expenses will be covered up to £1000



The successful applicant(s) should:


Expression of Interest:

To express your interest, please send the following all in one PDF which is no longer than 2 sides of A4:

Deadline for EoIs: Friday 16 April 2018, 12 noon.

Museum tour: Thursday 26 April 2018, 1-5pm

Deadline for applications: Friday 1 June 2018, 11.59pm

Successful applicants will be notified by: Friday 13 July 2018, 5pm


Please submit your expression of interest, marked Thinktank Futures, to:

Selection Process

All submissions will be reviewed and assessed by a cross-institutional panel against the following criteria:


Further Information:


If you would like to take part in this scheme but have further questions, please contact Lorna Hards, Cultural Partnerships Manager (maternity cover) at:



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