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DOES ART SCIENCE COLLABORATION CONTRIBUTE IN ANY WAY TO SUCCESSFUL
SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE ?
SEAD DISCUSSION : Opportunities and Obstacles Facing Scientists,
Mathematicians, and Engineers Deeply Engaged in the Arts and Design
We solicit invited comments to help understand the perspective of
researchers working in realms traditionally designated as scientific,
or pertaining more broadly to the STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics) who are heavily involved in
collaboration with artists, designers and humanities scholars.
A SEAD White Paper has been posted for comment and discussion:
Opportunities and Obstacles Facing Scientists, Mathematicians, and
Engineers Deeply Engaged in the Arts and Design by Carol Strohecker,
Roger Malina, and Wendy Silk and is available at
The White Paper resulted from interviews with 20 scientists : 7 women
and 13 men. All the responding scientists have been working
collaboratively with artists and/or designers for 5 years or more,
some for as long as 20 years or more, with one reporting such
collaboration dating back about 50 years.
Not surprisingly, a strong message throughout the interviews is that a
strong benefit for scientists collaborating with artists is to support
communication and education – with students and colleagues, and
especially among the general public. However many of the scientists
report having experienced changes in their methods, priorities,
focuses, or ways of conceptualizing. This provides a critical focus on
the benefits to science itself from SEAD practice.
If you wish to provide a public comment for this discussion please
contact Roger Malina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a very
brief bio and a few sentences on the main argument you would like to
make. We will then make invitations to selected contributors. We are
particularly keen to hear the opinions of scientists and engineers
involved in SEAD practices.
We also welcome discussion posted to the YASMIN list
Moderated by Roger Malina, Astrophysicist
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