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ASCUS Lab at 3 Years

After 6 months in development, upon gaining a people award from The Wellcome Trust, The ASCUS lab opened it’s doors for the first time in February 2016; the biggest step towards our vision to democratise science and a physical space to directly support our aim to foster innovative interdisciplinary investigation and curiosity. To our knowledge it remains Scotland’s first publically …

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ASCUS Art & Science Exhibitions 2008-2019

From it’s first launch exhibition of work by Emma Hambly, a scientist turned artist in 2008 to a pop up exhibition and project space in the St James’s Shopping Centre in 2012, showcasing the results of the Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Network’s Beacon for Public Engagement grants scheme, over 10 years ASCUS Art & Science has put a lot of …

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Beyond Resistance | An Interdiscplinary Network…

by Iona Walker INTRODUCTION TO THE NETWORK BEYOND RESISTANCE is an interdisciplinary network spanning the arts, sciences and social sciences to investigate, explore and find solutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). BEYOND RESISTANCE brings together people who are asking the same questions in different ways. By sharing knowledge, building relationships and working collaboratively, the BEYOND RESISTANCE Network hopes to inspire …

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My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session

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For our ASCUS Lab Open Session on Saturday the 21st of July we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by cardiovascular science PhD researchers Benjamin Thomas, Holly Woodward, Finnius Bruton and Tanguy Blehaut, who will spend the afternoon with us exploring how we experience our own heart beat through live and interactive demos while chatting about how …

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The Art of Tissue Engineering

At ASCUS we are delighted to welcome renowned bio artist Oron Catts from SymbioticA, the first research laboratory of its kind enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices, to ASCUS Lab this month! Image credit: semi-living steak by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, 2003 The Art of Tissue Engineering 5:00-9:00pm, Thursday 22nd Mar 2018 The idea of …

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The Festival of Creative Learning 2018 ASCUS Wrap Up

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The Festival of Creative Learning (FCL) is a year-long festival focusing on creative learning and innovation at The University of Edinburgh (UoE), culminating in a curated programme of events every February. We had the opportunity to open up the doors of ASCUS Lab again for this year’s FCL week where we had a variety of events and activities based on …

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ASCUS Presents: Silent Signal Film Screening

At ASCUS we are deligthed to partner with Animate Projects and the Wigtown Book Festivalto present Silent Signal for their Big Bang Weekend 2018. From Frankenstein’s monster to the future of AI and from outer space to the inside of the brain – The Big Bang Weekend explores the mechanics of life and we are taking part! ASCUS Presents: Silent …

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The Greenhouse Gas Exchange

This October ASCUS is delighted to be partnering with the Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project to bring you ASCUS Lab’s very first Greenhouse Gas Exchange event for creative practitioners. The Greenhouse Gas Exchange is a day long interactive event for creative practitioners interested in meeting current researchers involved in the GAUGE project. This is an opportunity for …

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Artists are Present at the Annual Applied Microbiology Conference 2017

Image courtesy of the artist: Louise Mackenzie, Pithos (2016) In partnership with the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), we are delighted to announce Louise Mackenize as the ASCUS Artist in Residence at the Annual Applied Microbiology Conference 2017, as part of our Artists are Present initiative. Artists are Present is an ASCUS initiative that places artists at the heart of …

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ASCUS Lab Currently Seeking Volunteers [Opportunity for SCIENTISTS]

Volunteer with us At ASCUS Lab we are currently seeking volunteers with a background in a working lab environment and in particular the biosciences, to support the delivery of our Lab Open Sessions and our Microscopy for Beginners Course. As the UK’s largest publicly accessible laboratory for experimentation in art and sicence our audiences include artists, scientists and members of …

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