Design Science launches at London’s Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

November 2011

Design Science hosted its launch event in style at London’s Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. A drinks reception amidst ancient bottled relics preceded a feisty debate between students from Imperial College and Central Saint Martins in response to the question, ‘How can design help communicate science?’

Chaired by Design Science’s Anne Odling-Smee, three science communication graduates, Lizzie Crouch, Anna Perman and Rosie Waldron, and three communication design students, Arianna de Luca, Olga Surawska and Joana Águas, presented their ideas to a diverse audience of science journalists, scientists and designers.

The debate was introduced by Mark Miodownic, engineer and materials scientist and Director of the Institute of Making.

‘The event itself was symbolic of the process behind both science and design: attendees were handed envelopes containing card shapes which they had to assemble into a square. The best method for doing so is iterative: to attempt to assemble the pieces, get it wrong and try again.’
– Henry Stanley, Eye Magazine

Eye Magazine review
Blog by Lizzie Crouch
Blog by Anna Perman

The Hunterian Museum
Mark Miodownic introduced the debate, with panelists from left: Anna Perman and Rosie Waldron (Imperial); Joana Águas, Olga Surawska and Arianna de Luca (CSM)
An almost full house
We prepared paper tangram puzzles for the audience to play with while they waited for the debate to begin
Anne Odling-Smee chaired the debate
The debate got quite heated at times
From left: Lizzie Crouch, Anna Perman, Rosie Waldron and Joana Águas

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