Worlds Collide IV: Sci-art collaborations with a Biomedical / Health focus

An afternoon exploring, facilitating and initiating collaborations between scientists, artists, creatives, academics and curious organisms of all varieties. We will be investigating public engagement opportunities across biomedical, health & wellbeing sectors, debating their value and hopefully fostering some new collaborative projects.

Leading the afternoon is Charlotte Jarvis, an artist who collaborates with scientists and lectures at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College. Charlotte has seen her own heart beat outside of her body, grown her own cancer in a dish and recorded music onto DNA.

We we also be joined by Dr Jonathan Mueller (Research Fellow in the Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Birmingham) and artist John Gage who will talk about their own collaborative project, providing attendees insight into what it takes to get interdisciplinary public engagement off the ground.

You’ll have the chance to ask questions as well as work on a collaborative public engagement proposal that can be put forward for potential funding, as part of a dedicated funding pot we have set aside for this event. BOOK FREE TICKETS HERE

Afternoon Schedule:

11:45am – 12:00noon: Arrivals [Instructions on getting to campus HERE– exact building/room confirmed 1 week before event via email]
12:00noon – 12:30pm: Art, Science, Death and Bubbles: Charlotte will introduce the field of art / science collaborations and present some terrific and terrible case studies.
12:30 – 1:00pm: Sci-Art in Conversation: Dr Jonathan Mueller and artist John Gage will discuss their public engagement collaboration and talk about the practicalities of getting projects off the ground
1:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch & networking (please let us know of any dietary requirements when registering)
1:30 – 2:30pm: Workshop: Participants will work in thematic groups to come up with rough public engagement proposals. Each group will be a mixture of scientists and artists linked by their interests. Charlotte will facilitate the ideation and development of ideas through design methodology. Participants will be asked to discuss what is wondrous and world changing about their topics – what is fascinating to them and what will fascinate others – and build porto-projects around these discussions.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Feedback and development: As a whole group we will discuss some of the project proposals and lay out what the next steps would be to getting them off the ground, finding funding and maintaining healthy collaborations. We also have a modest pot of dedicated funding to take forward any particularly good proposal ideas that may arise on the day.
3:00pm – onwards: Free Networking with drinks etc. For those who can stay a little longer, there is a chance to meet more people across disciplines and plot future projects.

WORLDS COLLIDE is open to:

  • University of Birmingham researchers from the arts, humanities and sciences. All Colleges and research disciplines are welcome, despite the biomedical/health focus of the event. We encourage researchers to think broadly about what they do impacts on health or wellbeing.
  • Wellcome Trust funded researchers from any University or research facility
  • Artists, creative practitioners, and cultural organisations working outside of the University.

Please note: This event is not open to professional services staff at the University unless they work in a brokering role, please contact if you have queries


You may book more than one ticket if you want to also register a friend/colleague – however as we gather key interests from you / dietary requirements as part of registration, it would be preferred if you could encourage your friend/colleague to register for the event themselves so that we have accurate information. Thank you.

This event is in organized by the Public Engagement with Reseatrch Team in collaboration with our colleagues in Cultural Engagement.