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Arts-Science Encounters 2011

The Arts meet the Sciences and Social Sciences in a series of talks and performances where anything could happen.

Building on the exceptional success of the past two years, Arts-Science Encounters 2011 presents a series of interdisciplinary conversations featuring researchers from across the University's five faculties and leading invited speakers.

Breaking down the barriers between disciplines, the Encounters bring together physicists, biblical scholars, sculptors, engineers, choreographers, psychologists, biologists and historians of science into a forum for cutting-edge intellectual inquiry.

The talks are free and open to the general public.


Art, Dance, and Engineering

Shobana Jeyasingh (Choreographer), Doris Behrens-Abouseif (Professor of Islamic Art, SOAS) and Andrew Tyas (Engineering, University of Sheffield)

Tuesday 22 March, 5.15–7.15pm
Venue: HRI


Psychology at the Science Museum

Philip Loring (BPS Curator of Psychology at the Science Museum, London)

Thursday 31 March, 5.15–7.15pm
Venue: ICOSS


Photovoltaic Technology and the Cultural Climate

David Lidzey (Professor of Physics, University of Sheffield) and John Thornes (Professor of Climatology, University of Birmingham)

Thursday 7 April, 5.15–7.15pm
Venue: HRI


Epistemology and the History of Science

David Wootton (Professor of the History of Science, University of York)

Thursday 5 May, 5.15–6.45pm
Venue: ICOSS


Sculpture and Energy

Andrew Stonyer (Sculptor and Professor of Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire)

Tuesday 10 May, 5.15–7.15pm
Venue: ICOSS


Physics and Theology

Tom McLeish (Professor of Physics and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Durham), Martial Staub (Professor of Medieval History, University of Sheffield) and Hugh Pyper (Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield)

Thursday 12 May, 5.15–7.15pm
Venue: ICOSS


On Bees, Hives, and the Human

Rebecca Chesney (Resident Artist at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Francis Ratnieks (Professor of Apiculture, University of Sussex) and Claire Preston (Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge)

An exceptional line up of contributors come together to explore the wonderful world of the bee. How do bee societies function? How can we decode bee behaviours and 'dances'? Why is the bee so central to Western science and literature? How can bee sounds and environments form the basis of conceptual landscape art?

Thursday 19 May, 5.15–7.15pm
Venue: Humanities Research Institute, Gell Street