WORLDS COLLIDE III – Debrief!

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!

WT Engaging Science Conference 2016: Take home messages

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.

School of Chemistry July 21st showcase – opportunities for collaboration!

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!