A talk with colleagues from UCL and the Royal College of Art

February 2021

Design Science’s Anne Odling-Smee will be talking at, ‘Breaking Down Silos: Art/Design-Science Collaboration’ on 8 March, a two-day workshop designed for people who are interested in multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Anne will share experiences and tips on the whys and hows of design-science collaborations, describing how she and her mixed disciplinary team clarify information, communicate complexity, engage with new audiences and make learning a pleasure through empathy, clarity and creativity.

The workshop aims to:

  • explore ideas for collaboration with people from different sectors (arts with science, science with arts)
  • learn about the benefits and challenges of an arts + science partnership
  • discover avenues researchers can use for resourcing and funding collaborations
  • hear about real-life arts + science projects pursued by other researchers
  • build a network of potential collaborators from other sectors
  • widen network of research community from related/own sectors


The workshop has been funded by the UCL Researcher-led Initiative Awards 2019–2020 and is being hosted by Audrey Ma from the Royal College of Art and Siti Ikhsan from the Space and Memory group at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Schedule 8-9 March, GMT
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Day 1: Monday, 8 March 2021
9.00–9.30 Intro to workshop
9.30–10.30 Icebreaker
10.30–11.30 Anne Odling Smee ‘The nature of collaboration: Helping scientists, designers and artists explore’
11.30–11.45 Break
11.45–12.45 Alexa Wright & Alf Linney
12.45–13.45 Lunch
13.45–14.45 Shama Rahman
14.45–15:45 Shama Rahman task

Day 2: Tuesday, 9 March 2021
10.00–11.00 Ferdinand Kohle
11.00–12.00 Ferdinand Kohle task
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.00 Jennifer Crouch
14.00–15.00 Jennifer Crouch task
15.00: Debrief
15.10: End

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