Between Rhyme and Reason: Don Paterson & Citizen Science

On 7th February 2019, the Royal Society hosted a joint event between the Royal Society, ConSciCom and the Royal Society of Literature. It was a chance to hear our Poet in Residence, Don Paterson, read some of the original work he produced for the project, as well as his discussions with leading geneticist Professor Veronica Van Heyningen CBE FRS FMedSci.

You can listen to an audio recording of the event, Between Rhyme and Reason, here.


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Poet, Prof Don Paterson, and scientist, Prof Veronica Van Heyningen, discuss the ways in which their professions meet


Away from labs and fieldwork, scientific theories have long been interpreted and creatively portrayed by the arts. The advancement of technology and increasingly specialised science have made this collaboration more challenging. However, the emergence of citizen science, as well as the burgeoning partnership between art and science, is providing an exciting way forward.

Listen to a conversation between Professor Veronica Van Heyningen CBE FRS FMedSci and award-winning poet Don Paterson OBE FRSL to discuss where science and poetry meet.

Before the discussion, Don Paterson performs poetry from his role as poet in residence on the Constructing Scientific Communities project, based at the University of Oxford, which is run in partnership with the Royal Society. Don is accompanied by acclaimed guitarist Graeme Stephen.

This event was hosted in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.


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Don Paterson and Graeme Stephen captivate the audience beneath some of Darwin’s most famous words



Event – People Powered Science Day


9 March 2019
The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

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It’s British Science Week, and we’re celebrating with a fun-packed, thought-provoking day of activities, talks and demos for all the family.

Join us throughout the day to try your hand at becoming a scientist or animator, listen to inspiring talks, and take a look behind the scenes of our collection.

Find all the details here!