WORLDS COLLIDE III
This past week on May 23rd, 2018 we were joined by artist Charlotte Jarvis, who facilitated our interdisciplinary ‘WORLDS COLLIDE’ mixer event for UoB researchers and external creatives.
Charlotte has collaborated with scientists on public engagement projects and currently 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!
The evening was spent exploring public engagement collaborations between scientists, artists, creatives, academics and curious organisms of all varieties. Public engagement opportunities were investigated across sectors, and their value was debated, before workshop attendees had a go at developing ‘mock proposals’ for collaborative public engagement projects focused around key societal challenges/opportunities e.g. Big Data, Genetic Engineering, AI etc. Some really inspiring ideas were concocted!
This was the third event we’ve run now and previous events have already led to real-life collaborations between artists and researchers in Dentistry and Physics.
If you didn’t make it to this last event, have no fear as WORLDS COLLIDE IV is headed your way this July! This next event will have a biomedical focus, however regardless of your research area you are very, very welcome to come along. We are also going to be thinking about a future event themed around arts and humanities research in particular, though we stress again that the whole point of these events is to mix researchers from across disciplines as the connections and synergies which sometimes arise can be really uncanny and inspiring!
Watch out for the June edition of our newsletter, when we’ll have the date, location and further details ready for you!
Join University of Birmingham for WORLDS COLLIDE II, a networking event designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and public engagement with research between our research community and the wider creative sector.
The event will take place on 26 July 2017 at the University of Birmingham.
WORLDS COLLIDE is open to:
University of Birmingham researchers from the arts, humanities and sciences. All Colleges are welcome.
Artists, creative practitioners, and cultural organisations working outside of the University.
WORLDS COLLIDE aims to:
‘Collide’ participants to unearth synergies and common interests which may feed in to future public engagement projects.
Promote understanding of what public engagement with research is (from a funder and University perspective) and catalyse interdisciplinary public engagement explicitly linked to current UoB research.
Deepen understanding and transparency of the barriers to collaboration, to help potential collaborators think through ground rules and guidance for developing mutually beneficial public engagement with research projects which are mindful of the constraints and requirements of all involved parties.
The day will focus on opportunities to work together (or collide worlds!) to make public engagement with research exciting, effective and strikingly different. Discussion and networking will be facilitated and will combine the passions, hobbies and expertise of participants working in different fields. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the event to network freely over lunch (complimentary). The event is informal and we hope attendees will leave with useful new contacts to follow up on!
To register for the event, please sign up HERE and provide 8 key words which will help us with the facilitated networking session. Key words can relate to your research/work/ practice, but please also include at least 2-3 key words which reflect personal hobbies/past-times/informal interests e.g. ‘visual perception’, ‘energy storage’, ‘epigenetics ’, ‘nanoparticles’, ‘printmaking’, ‘ethics’, ‘music composition’, ‘biomedical implants’, ‘digital heritage’, ‘social media’, ‘policymaking’, ‘photography’ etc.
Follow the Twitter trail via #uobworldscollide @UOBengage
Please note, this event is not intended for University of Birmingham research support or professional services staff.
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.
UoB academics have been invited to attend a showcase day at the School of Chemistry on Monday July 21st.
The event will showcase some of the exciting preliminary results and highlight the use of new instruments in the areas of magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry and their application in high impact, high-priority science, including next generation fuel cell materials.
The launch event is part of a national showcase of the impact of the multi-million pound investment in Chemistry. This is an ideal opportunity for colleagues to connect with members of the School of Chemistry and explore potential for collaborative activity using the new facilities. So come along and see how you might be able to link up!
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