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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

MRW12: The Litmus Project: Science and Poetry Event

10:00 - 12:00
9 February 2012
Building 85, Observatory

Event details

What can a writer learn from a scientist? Why would a poet visit a high-voltage lab? The Litmus Project answers these questions. Come and meet science post-graduates from Faculties throughout the university and creative writers from the University of Southampton Creative Writing MA.

The writers will be presenting some of the poems/short stories inspired by the science they learned about:

  • Complexity modelling and imaging
  • Genetic adaptation to rising CO2 levels in plants
  • The nature of biological individuality
  • How life on Earth went from simple physical/chemical systems to biological systems
  • Numerical modelling of wave resistance
  • The human sensation of discomfort caused by vibration and noise in cars, trains and airplanes
  • Voice following cochlear implantation
  • Photonics
  • High voltage electricity

Join poet Professor Robyn Bolam, Professor Peter Middleton, Dr Will May and others and discover the innovative university research which bridges literature and science.

To register your interest in attending, please email

This event is part of Multidisciplinary Research Week which is happening here at the University of Southampton from Monday February 6 to Friday February 10, 2012.

The programme brochure can be viewed here: BROCHURE AS PDF

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