Diamond Light Source - Synchotron Microscope images of chiral layers of carbon based polymers for light emitting diodes.

This event is part of the Friday Forums, a series of events consisting of a panel followed by an audience discussion. It is a rule of the Forum that half of the time is given over to audience discussion. Do come along expecting to be involved in lively discussion and debate. All Friday Forums are free with lunch provided and are open to all College members.

For The Good Science Project‘s second Friday Forum of 2024, we’ll consider the role of museums and the arts in science innovation.

Image: Microscope images of chiral layers of carbon based polymers for light emitting diodes (image credit: Dr Jess Wade, Imperial College London).



12.20-13.00 – panellists and attendees arrive for an informal lunch (sandwiches and refreshments provided)

13.00-14.00 – panel discussion, chaired by Dr Isabella Von Holstein (Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering, Imperial College London), and an open, discursive conversation with attendees

14.30-15.45 – following the Friday Forum there will be a practical workshop, for those interested in developing further ideas about the art/science interface. The workshop is led by our panellists, Daksha Patel and Professor Ken Arnold, and MSc Science Communication alumnus Ella Miodownik. It takes place in Room S303a/b, Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication, Sherfield building

Discussion points

  • How can the fields of art and science make common cause in the research life, both for scientists and artists?
  • How can scientific innovation learn from the arts?
  • In understanding the challenges, frustrations and pleasures of science, how best can we make use of the insights of artists?


  • Dr Tristram Hunt (Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum)
  • Professor Ken Arnold (Director of Medical Museion, Copenhagen)
  • Daksha Patel (artist)


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