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'Science and the Public' conference, London 19 May

The Science Communication group at Imperial College, London, are inviting to the annual “Science & the Public” conference on Saturday 19th May 2007. General info here.


10 – 11:30 Session One Images of Science in Popular Literature

  • Science in Contemporary Anglo-American Crime Fiction. Katja Schmieder, University of Leipzig
  • The image of science in Brazilian Popular Literature. Luisa Massarani, Carla Almeida & Ildeu de Castro Moreira. Museu da Vida / Casa de Oswaldo Cruz / Fiocruz & Instituto de Física / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
  • A Tepid Response to the Prospect of Immortality?: Cryobiological Experiments in Popular Science and Science Fiction. Benjamin Wright, University of Salzburg Case Studies in Science & Politics
  • Discursive Choices: Boycotting Star Wars Between Science and Politics. Rebecca Slayton, Stanford University.
  • On the relationship of science and public illustrated by the example of modern ferrous metallurgy at the Technical University Aachen, Stephen Krebs, University of Aachen.
  • Marketing Strategies for a Biobank: the case of the Estonian Genome Project. Kadri Simm. Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Graz/ University of Tartu. Artists and Science
  • Transgressions: Art and amateur science in an age of specialisation. Nicola Triscott, the Arts Catalyst
  • Imaging techniques and the aesthetics of modernism: seeing nature in art through the eyes of postwar science. Assimina Kaniari University of Oxford
  • Biojewellery – interaction design as a trigger for public engagement of science. Tobie Kerridge, Ian Thompson & Nikki Stott, Goldsmiths College

11:45 – 1:15 Session Two Cinema

  • Screening Technology: Technical Advisors, Diegetic Prototypes, and the Cinematic Creation of the Future. David A. Kirby, University of Manchester
  • Space, Disembodied Thought and the Threat of Disappearance: Intelligence and Anxiety in Space Exploration. Lee Mackinnon, Solent University.
  • Refiguring the ‘spiritual dimension’ of cinema in the ‘Human Apparatus’. Technology, Desire and Imagination. Michael Punt & Martha Blassnigg, University of Plymouth. Public Participation
  • An Experiment in Total Engagement: Science-Society Interactions in the People’s Republic of China, 1955-1960. Steven Robert Harris, University of Glamorgan.
  • Bridging the gap between “science” and “the public”? A trans-disciplinary research project on the site selection for a radioactive waste repository. Reflections from work under rough conditions. Thomas Flüeler Michael Stauffacher, Pius Krütli & Roland W. Scholz. ETH Zurich
  • The Participative Approach in the Parliamentary Technology Assessment Offices: an Evolving Perspective. Pierre Delvenne, University of Liège. Using the Museum
  • What Can the Matter Be? Reflections on the Inter-relationship between Science, Art & Engineering. Justin Dillon and Mark Miodownik, Kings College London
  • Using Medical History to Enhance Patient Information Services: Reflections on Curating a Patient Information Centre and Museum of Joint Replacement at Wrightington Hospital. Dr Francis Neary University of Manchester
  • Retraining the Virtuoso’s Gaze: The Royal Society’s Musaeum and the Politics of Natural Philosophy in the Exclusion Crisis. Al Coppola, Fordham University.

2:45 – 4:15 Session Three Texts and ideologies

  • Science Puff. Felicity Mellor, Imperial College London.
  • The Ornithologist and the Censor: How the Soviet public was introduced to the anti-Marxist ideas of Evolutionary Psychology, 1979-1989. Yvonne Howell, University of Richmond.
  • The Body Owner’s Handbook: Frankenstein’s monster and consumer metaphors of the child’s body. Alice Bell, Imperial College London. Active Patients
  • Knowledge actors about intersex rearticulated on the Internet. Carmen Gallego Martos, Institute of Philosophy, Spanish National Research Council.
  • “You’ve Got It, You May Have It, You Haven’t Got It”: the Unintended Consequences Of HIV Testing. Kevin P. Corbett. Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Biomedicine and the pro-anorexia movement. María González Aguado, Complutense University, Madrid. Approaches to Outreach
  • Positioning and life politics through reproductive technology debates in biology class. Padraig Murphy, Dublin City University
  • The ISOTOPE Project: Informing science outreach and public engagement. Richard Holliman, Eric Jensen and Peter Taylor, Open University
  • Public engagement as a socio-cultural learning process: science communication research using drama and discussion as meaning making. Emily Dawson, John Barlow, Anne Hill & Emma Weitkamp, University of the West of England.

4:30 – 6 Session Four Deficits and Differences

  • Digital deficits: public representations of digital communications technology. James Sumner, University of Manchester
  • Reaching Diverse Publics: Challenges of Communicating Sustainability Science to Low-literacy Audiences. Nicola Shelswell, University of Glamorgan
  • Gene discourse in the media – a comparative framing analysis. Rebecca Carver, University of Oslo. Expertise in Popular Science
  • The Bone Hunters: Paleoanthropologists as authors of popular science books. Oliver Hochadel, University of Vienna
  • Histories of science, scientism and the social construction of science. Mark Erickson University of Brighton
  • Science, Commonsense, and Syncretism. Jon Adams, LSE Images and Imaging
  • Showing, telling, selling: digital images in science entrepreneurship. Catelijne Coopmans, Imperial College London
  • Chemistry, codes and companies. The influence of the information concept in the automation of DNA sequencing (1980-1998). Miguel Garcia-Sancho, Imperial College London
  • Enhancing the transformation of information into diagrams within science instructional material for school pupils: a practice-based case study focusing on closed-loop cycles. Annegrete Mølhave. Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.

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