When: Wednesday, 28 November | 4–5pm GMT
Art is a powerful tool to reach people. Since prehistoric times, humans have used art to communicate complex ideas and express emotions. Now, scientists and science communicators are increasingly using diverse art forms to convey science to the public. While communicating science itself is a great art, the arts can make complex science more relevant to the public and create awareness to the extent of shaping policy.
Join us for this next webinar where we will discuss how scientists and artists can harness diversity through collaboration and build bridges among different disciplines to ultimately improve the communication of science.
Speakers will include:
Vinodh Ilangovan, Webinar Chair; Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry; eLife Early-Career Advisory Group
Vinodh studies the role of circadian clocks in organismal physiology at the Department of Genes and Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen. Vinodh enjoys experimenting with science communication through performing arts. Vinodh uses Indian stringed instrument Yaazh Veenai and rhythmic percussion of Parai as therapeutic tools to overcome exhaustion.
Luiza Bengtsson, Public Engagement & Knowledge Exchange Officer, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine
Dr. Luiza Bengtsson is the Public Engagement & Knowledge Exchange Officer at Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association, Berlin. She coordinates the Artist Residency program, is the organizer of "Long Night of Sciences" and the head of "Lab meets Teachers" program at the MDC. She is also the work package leader in the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project ORION for promoting cultural change towards Open Science.
David Odde, Professor, University of Minnesota
David Odde is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota who studies the molecular mechanics of fundamental cellular processes. In his research, Odde’s group builds computer models of molecular self-assembly and force-generation-dissipation dynamics, and tests the models experimentally using digital microscopic imaging of living cells ex vivo and in engineered microenvironments. Current applications include modeling the molecular mechanisms of tau-associated neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease and of cancer cell migration through complex mechanical environments such as the brain. For the past ten years he and Carl Flink have co-developed “Bodystorming” as an embodied practice of science and art-making.
Edward Duca, Lecturer, University of Malta
Dr Edward Duca is a Science and Innovation Communication Lecturer at the University of Malta, the Editor-in-Chief of the research magazine Think, runs the science communication STEAM Summer School, involved in several large EU funded projects, and has created and managed several science communication events through the NGO the Malta Chamber of Scientists. The largest activity being the national science and arts festival Science in the City, attracting 6% of the population annually. He aims to continue setting up research and activities between diverse fields to develop effective science communication activities that encourage a scientifically aware society to develop informed opinions. He wants Malta to embed a culture of public engagement and research that benefits society.
Bilge Demirköz, Professor, Middle East Technical University
Bilge Demirköz is a Professor of High Energy Physics at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She coordinates the Particle Radiation Tests Creation Laboratory, the first collaboration between Turkey and CERN, Switzerland. Since 2014, she has served on the Board of the Arts at CERN. She was named a L'Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent in 2017.
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