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Press release

New street exhibit will spark people's imagination about science

1 July 2012

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, today launched the Health Research Board's 'curious' collection of scientific images as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 initiative. The new street exhibit is designed to capture people's imagination and showcase the magic of science that is rarely seen outside of research groups as part of the Dublin City of Science initiative.

Images ranging from the microscopic (burst blood vessels, MRSA, dental plaque) to the enormous (CERN Large Hadron Collider) can be seen on Liberty Hall, Pearse Street, and Baggot Street Bridge over the next week.

Minister Bruton says;

'?700 million worth of investment from multinational companies in 2011 was in R&D projects 'scientific research in Ireland is crucial to our future jobs and growth. This imaginative wall mural project illustrates the wide range of scientific research being conducted in Ireland and internationally'.

Enda Connolly, Chief Executive at the Health Research Board adds;

'The Curious exhibit is designed to engage people living in Dublin, or those just passing through during the city of science festival, to think more about science and how it impacts our lives. Many of the images are associated with health research and I hope it will help people understand the importance of research for better health care'.

According to Prof Patrick Cunningham, Chief Science Advisor;

'This exhibit is a highlight of the Dublin City of Science 2012 Festival programme. We want to bring science to the streets and this Health Research Board initiative does that really well'.  

The full exhibit can be viewed online at Inquisitive minds can also join the twitter conversation at hashtag #curious?

Image sources include: The Wellcome Trust, Trinity College Dublin, TARA Oceans Expedition, Science Foundation Ireland and CERN.


Dublin City of Science 2012 is a year-long celebration of science with over 160 events that will showcase the best of Irish culture, arts and science (  

For more information, photos of the launch or copies of the images (available under licence from different image sources) contact:

For more information contact:
Gillian Markey, Communications Manager
Health Research Board
m 00353 87 2288514
t 00353 1 2345103
e gmarkey(at)


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