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Preview: LOVELAB, The science of desire

From our friends across the pond at Science Gallery in Dublin:

Love is in the air…or is it pheromones? What lies behind those butterflies you feel when you fall in love? What makes one person’s dream date another’s nightmare? Does romance really exist or do our genes precondition us to seek out particular partners? Love has been the inspiration for songwriters, poets and artists from the beginning of time but now scientists are suggesting that it’s all a matter of chemistry. We want you to join Science Gallery’s month long LOVELAB to help us reveal the science of desire – it opens to the public on February 11th.

However, you can be among the first to experience the science of desire at LOVELAB. Join this exclusive preview for Science Gallery members. We’ll kick off your Valentine’s weekend by inviting OUR MEMBERS to participate in a series of experiments ranging from judging the attractiveness of faces, voices and walks to choosing the most pleasant smelling t-shirt from some of Dublin’s hottest heart breakers. Science Gallery Café will be whipping up some chemistry of their own as they perfect their recipe for an irresistible love potion that will melt even the frostiest hearts.

Want to come along for FREE but not a MEMBER+ yet? Sign up here for our new members plus programme and receive free priority booking for this and future events.

For Members please visit our events page to book your tickets to this exclusive LOVELAB event.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.