It has been said that becoming an expert means you know more and more about less and less – a statement that rings true for most, if not all, scientists. Science has long focused on developing understanding through ‘reductionism,’ i.e. studying complex systems or ideas by reducing them to a set of simpler components, a bottom-up approach. In a way, Science Communication aims to do the opposite: to step back and look at the bigger picture, to see how things fit together and recognise the ties between scientific fields, between arts and science, between science and society. Science Communication is about forging connections – connections between scientists working in different fields as well as connections between scientists and the public. Research doesn’t necessarily involve testing hypotheses in a laboratory, but perhaps working with scientists who do and aiming to find the strongest way to connect their research to real effects on communities and environments. And this kind of research has only just begun, which means the potential collaborations are endless (and exciting!)
The connections I am looking into are diverse – for example, how are people affected by images of Space? (with Lisa and Jeff Smith), how will connectivity of marine habitats be affected by rising ocean temperatures? how can we communicate climate change in an action-inspiring way? (the 2° different project) – and collaborators and potential collaborators come from as far as Sweden, Italy, Wales, USA and New Zealand. My current and potential projects are listed below:
Transmedial’s Perish In Beauty: Climate Change as Cultural Demand www.transmediale.de/en/perish-beauty-climate-change-cultural-demand, Climate Change and the Visual Arts www.edinburghartfestival.com/09-festival-programme/events/climate-change-and-the-visual-arts/, Climate Change Education.org www.climatechangeeducation.org/art/visual_arts; The Centre Cannot/ Hold Virtual Migrants www.virtualmigrants.com/centrecannothold/index.htm. etc!