Canterbury Festival to feature Biosciences staff

Cocktail_Laboratory_BannerStaff from the School of Biosciences are taking centre stage during this year’s Canterbury Festival.


The international arts festival has featured a science strand in recent years, and this year the School was invited to participate in event programming. Students on the MSc Science, Communication and Society worked with Dr. Dan Lloyd and Canterbury Festival staff to research suitable events, shaping an exciting series spanning science and the arts.

Throughout the festival, Younome – an art-science collaboration between artist Keith Robinson and Biosciences staff Dr. Gary Robinson and Prof. Darren Griffin – explores genomics. Self portraits representing individual chromosomes will be displayed in shop windows along the King’s Mile shopping district in the centre of Canterbury.

Dr. Tasos Tsaousis will be leading Little Monsters (Stacey Building Laboratories, Saturday 29 October, 2pm) – a Halloween-themed family event using microscopes to take a look at the creepy critters that live around us.

Prof. Darren Griffin will be giving a talk in the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge (Tuesday 1 November, 8pm), alongside research colleague Prof. Alan Thornhill. Cheekily-titled Dr. D’n’A, the talk will explore the development of IVF and associated technologies, ethical issues surrounding these technologies, and their representation in the media.

And finally, Dr. Dan Lloyd will be working with mixologists at the The Pound on Thursday 3 November at 8pm in┬áthe Cocktail Laboratory – a science-themed cocktail event that sold out in 5 days!

The Canterbury Festival takes taking place at several venues around the city from 15 October to 5 November 2016.