‘Words and Pictures’ conferences

1998  Initiated, convened and organised the first ‘Words and Pictures: Explaining Science’ conference, Wolfson College, Oxford; aimed at showing writers and artists how to collaborate with scientists and where to get financial and other support. The conference was sponsored by Wellcome Trust, PfizerUK and the Oxford Trust. Speakers included Professor John Carey, Professor Ian Stewart, Tim Hunkin, Professor Susan Greenfield, Georgina Ferry, the Art Editor from New Scientist, and representatives of the Arts Catalyst, Wellcome Trust and the Gulbenkian Foundation. 

The poster for Words & Pictures-1; the image, from one of the magazine's covers, was donated by New Scientist

2003  Initiated and convened the second Words & Pictures conference, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle, which was sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, Pfizer UK, the Biochemical Society and Cumbria County Council, and aimed at showing scientists the language and images of art. Speakers included Sian Ede, Dr Tom Shakespeare, Mark Gilbert, Dr Ken Arnold, Professor Ian Stewart, amongst others.