The Waag Society, Amsterdam, Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, and University of Amsterdam, have released a call for applications for a 10 month project exploring the use of Bio-Art as a science communication strategy, potentially leading to a PhD project.
The relation between art-science and strategies for public engagement raises some fascinating and underexplored questions about how different goals, outputs, and modes of working can be put into constructive (or perhaps usefully de-structive) interaction with each other. I’m looking forward to following the project, and to exploring this and related questions at the Lorentz Workshop on the Future of Art-Science Collaborations I’m lucky enough to be participating in in October.
If you fancy getting a glimpse of the Waag Society in bio-action, they’re also hosting a summer school on biotechnology and digital fabrication ‘BioFab Bootcamp‘. Wish I could go…
Call for Embedded Researcher, post MA/Pre-PhD level: Bio-Art, Ethics, and Engagement, University of Amsterdam.
DEADLINE: 31 July 2013
10 month project to analyse Bio-Art Interventions at the Waag Society, beginning October 2013.
An ambitious researcher with a training in the history of medicine, knowledgeable about major current developments in life sciences & health and with an interest in pursuing doctoral research is sought for a funded research project on the use of Bio-Art as a strategy to improve science communication between professionals and diverse publics. The concrete product delivered at the end of the project will be a PhD proposal that will synthesize the history of strategies for the public communication of science since this field of communication developed in the second half of the twentieth century and which will analyse case studies of Bio-Art projects to suggest a model for improved communication between scientists and the public using the strategies found in Bio-Art. The research-in-progress will be presented by the embedded researcher at an expert meeting at the Waag Society where artists, scientists, and scholars will discuss current trends in Bio-Art and how they relate to challenges and opportunities in science communication. Finally, the applicants will mentor the embedded researcher in a collaborative project to demonstrate a model of science communication in an artwork co-produced with an artistic advisor to the project.
The research position is funded by the Creative Industries Research Center Amsterdam (CIRCA) and the project I will be developed in collaboration with The Waag Society, Amsterdam, and the Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, and supervised by Manon Parry, Assistant Professor of Public History, University of Amsterdam. Contact Dr. Parry for a full description of the project, and to submit a CV and writing sample in application by July 31, at
The Waag Society, Amsterdam (http://waag.org/en)
Museum Boerhaave (http://www.museumboerhaave.nl/english/)
Manon Parry, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Public History
University of Amsterdam
Department of History
Spuistraat 134 | kamer 5.30
1012 VB Amsterdam | T +31.(0)20.525.8194