Tuesday Feb. 20
Research as Art: Conveying the beauty, complexity, and humanity of research
4 to 5 p.m.
Perry-Castañeda Library

Scholars Commons
Perry-Castañeda Library


Research as Art is a unique competition that provides a platform for researchers to convey the importance, emotion, beauty and humanity of their research. It’s different to other image competitions, as it’s the story that’s most important. The image grabs your attention, and the text reveals the process, the passion, and the humanity behind the research.

Developed as a grass-roots initiative to develop the engagement skills of students and staff, fertilize cross-disciplinary collaboration, and raise the profile of university research and its researchers, Research as Art has now reached over 50 million people worldwide, and been featured in The Guardian, BBC, Scientific American, among many others. The exhibition has toured a variety of public spaces and events including The Royal Institution in London, the British Science Festival, and AAAS in the US.

Evaluation has shown that Research as Art has developed the engagement skills and created opportunities for researchers from undergraduate level to professor.

This scheduled talk will open the new exhibition of Research as Art, featuring the 2017 winners.

Dr. Richard Johnston is an associate professor in materials science and engineering at Swansea University in the UK. Founder and Director of the Research as Art awards, which have reached over 50 million people worldwide since 2009, and a previous British Science Association Media Fellow at Nature.

Johnston is co-director of the £10M Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) facility at Swansea, and of the £13.7M Materials and Manufacturing Academy for postgraduate training. He is also the director of the outreach and engagement project Materials:Live, reaching over 70,000 schoolchildren with activities in materials science and engineering and is part of the team that setup and run the Swansea Science Festival.

Johnston has written for Nature, Scientific American, The Guardian, and Huffington Post and has ontributed to and appeared on TV and radio, including the BBC Horizon program.

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