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Science in the City 2015 - Call for Interest

Introduction

Science in the City—European Researchers’ Night is possibly Malta’s fastest growing cultural festival and only arts and science festival. We offer a fantastic opportunity for educators, students, scientists and artists to collaborate and get creative. We are a platform for art installations, exhibitions, music, theatre, performing arts, which engage the public with science. We’re looking forward to your participation.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of interest is the 16 February, noon. A Focus Group to discuss ideas and brainstorm projects will be held on the 11th of February, 7pm, Music Room, St James Cavalier. The Festival will take place on 25th September, 2015 (possibility of 26th September). The events should preferably be available for Notte Bianca 2015 on the 3rd October.

 

 

For more information about all events click here, or contact Edward Duca (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mob: 99239974) and/or Karen Fiorini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mob: 99868348).

What’s this about?

We are looking for artists, curators, musicians, performers, educators, students, and researchers from a broad range of fields to be part of the following projects.

⁃ A Digital arts project which is inspired by the Rosetta satellite and Phillae lander (Astrophysics)
How do people imagine being on a comet? Why do we want information from a comet? What does it look like? Sound like? For more info: http://news.sciencemag.org/tags/rosetta

⁃ A Live Music Project inspired by the Bird Song to Human Language (Genomics) research.
Bird song and human language are genetically related, based on research from 48 sequenced bird genomes. But how did birds evolve? Which bird is related to whom? And, how did bird song learning and human speech brain regions converge? Or, just sing. For more info: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1308

⁃ A Performing Arts Project inspired by the Manipulating Memory (Neurodegenerative Diseases and Genetics) research.
Memory can be manipulated by shining a beam of laser light? Could this help treat soldiers returning from the trauma of war? What implication does this have on individuals and society? For more info: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11053

⁃ A literature project inspired by the Young Blood fixes old (Regenerative Medicine research.
Last year, blood from a young mouse was shown to rejuvenate the muscles and brain of an old mouse. We are looking for writers and poets who can produce works inspired by this research. For more: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/may/04/young-blood-reverse-ageing-mice-studies

Other artistic and scientific possibilities
We are also interested in performances, music, theatre, plays, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, and art installations that are interactive, captivate the public’s imagination and challenge their perspectives on science. We are on the look out for creative ways for researchers and students to communicate science to the public through innovative talks, demonstrations, workshops, busking, quizzes, competitions, treasure hunts, tours, and possibly more.

Besides the themes listed above, we are also interested in the following research:

⁃ Ebola (Infectious Disease)
What is the Ebola virus? What happened in 2014 that lead to it’s spread in Africa? Is the rest of the world really at danger? How do you create a vaccine for it? Why have scientists said that it should be eradicated in 2015?

⁃ Smart Swarms—Cooperative bots (Robotics) – Visual Arts
Robots can work together and without human supervision. Last year a thousand robots marched in formation, quadcopters flew like a flock of birds, while others collaborated like termites. Robots seem to be getting along better than human beings.

Getting in touch
If you are interested please get in touch. Send us a covering letter stating why and how you would be interested in taking part in Science in the City.

Please send your interest to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about all events contact Edward Duca (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mob: 99239974) and/or Karen Fiorini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mob: 99868348).

For more information about the festival and previous programmes, please check: www.scienceinthecity.org.mt