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Hosted in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature, join a Royal Society Fellow in conversation with poet Don Paterson.


Away from labs and fieldwork, scientific theories have long been interpreted and creatively portrayed by the arts. The advancement of technology and increasingly specialised science have made this collaboration more challenging. However, the emergence of citizen science, as well as the burgeoning partnership between art and science, is providing an exciting way forward.

Join us for a conversation between Professor Veronica Van Heyningen CBE FRS FMedSci and award-winning poet Don Paterson OBE FRSL to discuss where science and poetry meet.

Before the discussion, Don Paterson will perform poetry from his role as poet in residence on the Constructing Scientific Communities project, based at the University of Oxford, which is run in partnership with the Royal Society. Don will be accompanied by acclaimed guitarist Graeme Stephen

This event is being hosted in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.