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7 February 2019
Royal Society
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A joint event between the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature in which Don Paterson will read ConSciCom-inspired poetry, perform music with Graeme Stephen, and will be in conversation with  Professor Veronica Van Heyningen CBE FRS FMedSci, a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Some of the most significant scientific theories of the nineteenth century were developed using evidence from popular science publications and correspondence with the public. Over the past century, the emergence of ‘citizen science’ has suggested a new way forward. As poet in residence of the AHRC-funded project ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st  Centuries’, Don Paterson has written new work interrogating the creation and circulation of knowledge in a digital age. In this event, Don reads sections from a long poem evolved from working with researchers on innovative ways of breaking through the professional/public divide in knowledge forming. As well as performing his own music, Don will be accompanied by acclaimed guitarist Graeme Stephen, whose music is informed by a wide array of styles, from free improvised jazz to Scottish folk. Don and Graeme will explore where poetry and scientific research meet, asking how we know what we know.



8 February 2019
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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The Victorian art teacher and social reformer John Ruskin died in 1900, but his ideas remain deeply relevant today. In honour of his 200th birthday, the museum is hosting a symposium where experts on Ruskin, Victorian culture and the environment will discuss his views on science and natural history, and on the impact of industrialisation on people’s health and the world around them. Speakers will include Kate Flint (Southern California), Mark Frost (Portsmouth), Peter Garratt (Durham), Sandra Kemp (Director of the Ruskin Research Centre, Lancaster), Francis O’Gorman (Edinburgh), John Parham (Worcester) and Marcus Waithe (Cambridge). There will also be a brief introduction to Ruskin Land from John Iles and a tour of the museum by John Holmes (Birmingham).

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Prof Fiona Stafford
8 February 2019
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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This lecture explores Ruskin’s lifelong love of trees, from the idyllic garden at his family home in Herne Hill to his Lake District estate at Brantwood.  Ruskin looked at trees with an eye trained by painting, a mind coloured by literature, a heart lifted by a sense of the divine manifest in the natural world.  Above all, he looked at trees as trees and urged his audiences to see the world afresh.

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9 March 2019
The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Look out for further details soon!