We The Curious is an educational charity and interactive science centre in Bristol which aims to connect and empower people through shared creative experiences that celebrate the unknowns in science.

We The Curious has championed a ‘hands-on’ approach to informal science learning for over twenty years. Open City Lab is the latest iteration of this vision, enabling the public to influence and actively participate in scientific research. From question asking, to conducting experiments live in venue, Open City Lab brings visiting academics from universities across the UK together with schools and public audiences, to diversify voices contributing to research.

Open City Lab is a 140m2 working laboratory which has been generously funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 as one of the flagship spaces in We The Curious’ new exhibition, Project What If. Inspired by 10,000 questions collected from every postcode in Bristol, Project What If is the first major science centre exhibition in the UK inspired entirely by the curiosity of a city’s residents. Their support has also funded a two-year collaboration between We The Curious and the Institute of Research in Schools (IRIS), which supports secondary students to create and showcase their research projects with support from university researchers.

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