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Communicating science through film (2017)

A video being played on Youtube

We have a keen interest in using art and creative digital media to give audiences a better understanding and insight into the world of science.

So we were honoured to join the Gurdon Institute, brandAnonymous and colleagues from wider disciplines at Anglia Ruskin University to deliver a series of activities as part of Cambridge Science Festival 2017.

The event was held in three parts, each showcasing a different approach to capturing scientific breakthroughs or phenomenon. This was followed by insightful discussions between the expert panel and wider audiences.

Chromatin structure and function

The Gurdon Institute is a world-leading centre for research into the biology of development and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in diseases such as cancer. It showcased a series of its films at the event, followed by input from:

  • Professor Julie Ahringer, Senior Group Leader, Gurdon Institute
  • Reeta Varpama, brandAnonymous and Anglia Ruskin University alumnus
  • Sam Holmàr, brandAnonymous and Anglia Ruskin University alumnus

The reality of NICU

Shreepali Patel is the Director of StoryLab and a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and co-director of Eyeline Films. She shared a short clip of The Golden Window, a collaborative research project that immersed audiences in an emotive audiovisual story highlighting the what life is like in a NICU ward.

Dr Topun Austin, Consultant Neonatalogist at Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Neurophotonics at University College London, joined her on follow up discussions of newborn patient care and the role of novel monitoring and imaging technologies.

A mass media approach to science

Dr Giles Yao studies brain control of food intake and bodyweight. As a presenter for two of the BBC’s Horizon programmes, he shared a clip from a recently aired show and used this to open up discussion with audiences about our relationship with food.