Insights and Ideas Cafe: Science

Thursday 5 April 2012, 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Creative Scotland, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

The event will showcase interesting practice and encourage exploration and discussion on science, creativity and culture and offer an opportunity to network with academics, researchers and others with practical experience of working in this area. This event is being held in association with ascus (arts science collaborative).


Andrew Ormston, introducing ascus, the arts science collaborative, and giving an overview of ‘sciart’. Read more about science and art in Andrew’s article for

Mark Eischeid, artist and landscape architect, currently leading ascus, will discuss projects, including working with cardiovascular research scientists bringing an artists’ insight into collaborating with scientific processes and researchers.

Kitty Chilcott, Project Manager: Marketing and Development, Human Race, a Scotland wide, touring exhibition and associated programme of events that uses Scottish collections and newly commissioned artworks to explore the history, development and ethics of sport and exercise medicine.

Dr Sabrina Maniscalco, Quantum Circus
Quantum circus was born out of a collaboration between Dr Maniscalco, Finnish quantum physicists and a group of circus performers. Dr Maniscaclo joined the Heriot-Watt University in January 2011 to lead the Open Quantum Systems and Entanglement (OQSE) group.

Ninian Perry, Creative Director, Paragon Ensemble, an inclusive music organisation inspiring people to create and perform their own new music, Paragon also work with artists and scientists to create unique interdisciplinary work.

Alistair Elfick, Synthetic Aesthetics is a research project run by the University of Edinburgh and Stanford University, California. Synthetic biologists, like many engineers, are concerned with ‘design’. By instigating new collaborations between synthetic biologists, designers, artists, and social scientists, they are exploring shared and new territory between synthetic biology, art and design.


Tickets for the event are free of charge, but spaces are limited and therefore must be booked in advance by booking your ticket and submitting your details as requested.  The event begins at 2pm and registration will be open from 1.30pm on 5 April.

What is ‘Insights and Ideas’?

Insights and Ideas is a creative café style meeting place for researchers, practitioners and policy makers.  The events take place on the first Thursday of every month, with each cafe focussing on a different topic.  This is a joint project organised by Creative Scotland and Museums and Galleries Scotland.  Follow the discussion on Twitter using #insightscafe

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