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Creative perspectives on engineering

Published: 14 December 2011Origin: Engineering

Southampton’s engineers and scientists are joining forces with the University’s creative writers in a unique project.

Several PhD researchers are linking with MA Creative Writing students from Humanities to find out how the work of engineers and scientists may inspire them to produce a piece of poetry or prose. The results of their collaborations will be revealed during the University's Multidisciplinary Research Week in February 2012.

The Litmus Project is the idea of Frances Clarke from Research and Innovation Services (R&IS). Professor Peter Middleton and Dr Will May from English are leading the initiative which started with a pairing of poet Robyn Bolam, Resident Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Humanities and Professor Paul Lewin from Southampton's High Voltage Laboratory.

Scientific subjects under the spotlight include complexity modelling and imaging, complexity science, genetic adaptation to rising CO2 levels in plants, the nature of biological individuality, how life on Earth developed from simple physical/chemical systems to biological systems, numerical modelling of wave resistance, vibration and noise in cars, trains and airplanes, the voice following cochlear implantation and photonics.

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