I am senior lecturer in biomedicine at the School of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University in NW England. I have spent my career studying  relationships between microbes, plants and animals. I increasingly interested in generating a dialogue between the arts and biosciences to create new imaginings in both art and science research.

This blog presents my personal views, opinions and  interests in science and art and how I am working within and between the boundaries of the two.  There will be few posts on my current research on the tropical disease leishmaniasis and the insects (sand flies) that spread the disease and my interests in microbes. I will mainly be posting workshops and collaborations where artists are working  on an equal footing and in close collaboration with scientists.

I am interested in the STEAM  concept. See a great article about STEAM. I don’t see any other way forward but to remerge and work together with arts and sciences. There will always be room for the ultra specialist but we need to be comfortable working alongside our arts colleagues.  I am developing several strands within Lancaster University to embed the  ‘A’ in STEM.

These are our aims to stimulate arts bioscience interaction at Lancaster and with like minded groups and individuals in NW UK and worldwide.

  • To provide a suitable environment for creative investigators to share exploration into the hybrid area between art and bio-sciences either in blue-sky research, development or creative production.
  • To find new ways to stimulate innovative experiential learning experiences for professionals and the general public.
  • Through creative experimentation we will create a platform for public input into debates surrounding bio-science research ethics and practice.