Posts Tagged ‘MMU’

Microbiology and Art Exhibition Review

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Microbiology and Art Exhibition, which opened on the 22nd October to 10th November 2011 at MadLab, in celebration of the beginning of the Manchester Science Festival 2011.

The exhibition brought together work and cultural heritage, to the beauty of microscopic images, through the impact of infectious disease in history to the use of art to communicate messages about science to a range of audiences, and overtly ‘sci-art’ projects.

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DIYBIO Manchester Celebrates BEACON Success

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The DIYbio project celebrated success at the recent Manchester Beacon Recognition Awards, with their work being recognised with a cheque for £750 to further develop its community-University partnership.

Inaugurated in March 2011DIYBIOMCR is the largest DIYBIO chapter in the UK, and recently hosted the first ever DIYBIO Summit in the UK during the Manchester Science Festival. Supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the group is a collaborative effort with MadLab and MMU, hosting monthly user group meetings, special workshops (eg. Octopus dissection) and bringing experts from the new frontiers of biology to work and collaborate with the general public. (more…)

Microbiology and Art Exhibition

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Microbiology and Art

Title: Microbiology and Art Exhibition
Location: MadLab
Description: MadLab will be hosting its first science themed exhibition, on the subject of Microbiology and Art.
Start Date: 2011-10-22
Start Time: 11:00
End Date: 2011-11-10
End Time: 17:00

For the past 6 years, undergraduate science students at Manchester Metropolitan Universityhave been exploring the relationships between microbiology and art, from the deterioration of artwork and cultural heritage, to the beauty of microscopic images, through the impact of infectious disease in history to the use of art to communicate messages about science to a range of audiences, and overtly ‘sci-art’ projects. Over 100 students worked on the project, producing a range of outputs that demonstrated skills in creativity, imagination and communication that lay well outside the realms of the typical undergraduate science curriculum. In the Loop was formed in 2008 by Professor Joanna Verran.

Exhibition preview at the MadLab, on 21st October, 6-9pm. In celebration of the beginning of the Manchester Science Festival 2011

Alan Turing and Morphogenesis

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Alan Turing

Title: Alan Turing and Morphogenesis
Location: MadLab
Description: To mark the publication of Litmus, Comma’s latest science-into-fiction project, Manchester’s Literature and Science Festivals present a unique event inspired by the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest scientists, Alan Turing.
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-10-23
End Time: 16:00
Tickets: £5/£3 concessions

To mark the publication of Litmus, Comma’s latest science-into-fiction project, Manchester author Jane Rogers (recently long-listed for the Booker) and MMU scientist Martyn Amos discuss the final theorem of one of Britain’s greatest scientists, Alan Turing. Having invented the very concept of the computer in his 1936 paper ‘On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem’, then cracked the German Enigma codes and ‘contributed more to the defeat of the Nazis than Eisenhower’, and then gone on to coin the Turing Test concept for artificial intelligence, Turing set about a theory so ahead of its time it is only now finding empirical support, namely Morphogenesis.

This afternoon Jane Rogers reads her specially commissioned short story for Litmus and discusses the influences on Turing’s life as well as the wider relationship between science and literature with consultant scientist, Martyn Amos.

Part of the Manchester Science Festival and Manchester Literature Festival.

DIY Biology: Manchester gains funding for innovative new “citizen science” partnership

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

University scientists and community technologists have teamed up to win funding for an exciting new scientific initiative. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, and based at the MadLab community space, the 12 month Manchester DIYBio project will create an innovative “citizen science” community, with the aim of enabling wider participation in biological research. Amateur scientists will collaborate with researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) on a wide range of experiments, ranging from a “Manchester Microbe Map” to a survey of the region’s ponds, and a mystery “mega-project”…