What happens when you bring together a chemist researcher and a poet who has written pieces of work inspired by the periodic table?
Find out at The Poetry of the Periodic Table!
Little Atoms presents the second of our Two Cultures In Conversation evenings. Join award-winning poet Isobel Dixon and Dr Zoe Schnepp of the University of Birmingham to explore the elementary, from Arsenic to Zirconium. Birmingham’s Thinktank provide’s the perfect location for a night where we use poetry and science to examine the stuff that makes up our world.
Local poetry publisher the Emma Press will create specially commissioned illustration and poetry to mark what will be a truly unusual evening.
PERC recently attended the Wellcome Trust’s Engaging Science conference help on April 20th, 2016 at Wellcome Collection. The event brought together researchers, public engagement and scicomm workers, creatives and more to discuss how science can be made more engaging for those who do it, for the public and for seldom heard audiences. Key topics included top tips for collaboration, improving diversity and dealing with ethical issues.
The take home messages of each of the sessions were captured live by cartoon artists, so take a look at the photos below! Many thanks to Wellcome for the invite to attend such an interesting and inspiring day.
Melissa Grant (University of Birmingham), Oliver De Peyer, Paul Shepherd, Anna Dumitriu, Alex May, Kira O’ Reilly
1st April – 11th June 2016
BOM is organising the first ever exhibition by the High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB) science-art collective.
Ingenious and Fearless Companions explores the adventure of curiosity-driven research through a quest to find microscopic life in space. The title is taken from a letter from French poet Victor Hugo to chemist and aeronaut Gaston Tissandier (1869), on the future of ‘air navigation’ to our hybrid ways of working across science and art. It is also a reference to the bacteria that travel into space inside and on the bodies of astronauts and spacecraft, as well as the extremophile bacteria that the HAB team have been seeking in the upper atmosphere.
The HAB collective formed in 2010 when they met through Nesta’s Crucible Labs programme. Initiated by biochemist Dr Melissa Grant from the School of Dentristry at the University of Birmingham, lab robotics researcher Oliver de Preyer and mathematician Paul Shepherd, they have searched for microorganisms adapted to life in space in order to consider their novel uses in biotechnology.
Together the HAB team have developed remotely operated robotic devices to sample the air for such microorganisms, investigating the effects of space travel on bacteria. The have collaborated with NASA and civilian space authority The Rocket Mavericks to fly the device on weather balloons and rockets into the stratosphere. More recently they have been joined by bioartist Anna Dumitriu and media artist Alex May who are collaborating to produce a series of artworks that re-live the excitement of the original rocket launch in the Nevada Desert, the horror of a failed parachute and the despair of a crushed robot.
The exhibition also incorporates video-mapped archive films and sculpturally altered relics of the original launch, such as weather balloons, environmental samples from the black rock desert and extremophile bacteria.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and the University of Birmingham.
SAVE THE DATE:
Live Robot Autopsy Performance by Kira O’Reilly Friday 13 May 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Internationally renowned artist Kira O’Reilly performs a live autopsy on the HAB’s robot that was launched into space in 2010, as it is dissected and examined in a striking performance fusing art and science.
Space Biohack Saturday 14 May 10am – 8pm
Join scientists and artists from the High Altitude Bioprospecting team alongside astrobiologists in the first ever space biohack.
Learn how to sample for bacteria and other living organisms in extreme environments. Take part in a search for microscopic extraterrestrial life and learn how studying astrobiology could lead to novel biotechnologies.
Suitable for adults and over 14s. Tickets on sale soon.
For more information on Ingenious and Fearless Companions click here
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