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Scientist in Residence

The Scientist in Residence (SiR) programme offers UAL postgraduate students the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) and Queen Mary University (UK), interrogate their cutting-edge research and experiment with transdisciplinarity in action through hacking practices.

Hosted in the Grow Lab at Central Saint Martins the collaboration also involves UAL faculty and visiting social scientists.

Are you:
  • Interested in working with international scientists and social scientists?
  • Intrigued to explore the intersections between art & design and science and technology?
  • Curious to collaborate with other UAL postgraduate students outside of your discipline?
Then register for the taster session below.

Making Waves: Rhythms, Patterns, Forces

Scientist in Residence Programme 2021/22

The programme for 2021/22 will explore the rhythms, patterns and forces within scientific research encompassing the dynamics of living systems, processes and patterning across scales..

Key dates

  1. Taster session: 17 November 2021 - online
  2. Application deadline: 30 November
  3. Residency: 7–11 February 2022 - in person
  4. Final public symposium - 11 February 2022

Online taster session

Wednesday 17 November, 9am–11am GMT
Attend using Teams
You will meet the Making Waves team, learn about this exciting programme and find out how to apply to participate in the Residency in February 2022.

Register for the taster session

Apply to participate in the residency

Deadline: 30 November
Students interested in applying to participate in the in-person residency in February submit a statement of interest. Selected participants will be announced mid-December.

Please note: only students who have attended the taster session are eligible to apply to the residency.

Scientist in Residence

7–11 February
In-person residency, hosted by the Grow Lab (Central Saint Martins), with leading international scientists, social scientists, UAL faculty and 24 selected UAL PG students.
Making Waves is free to UAL students and open to all postgraduate students from any discipline.

Download the Scientist in Residence project brief [PDF 280 KB]

The Making Waves team

  • Professor Masahiko Hara (Scientist in Residence) School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Professor Kayoko Nohara (Social Scientist in Residence), School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Dr Thomas Iskratsch (Scientist in Residence) School of Engineering and Material Sciences, Queen Mary University of London.
  • Heather Barnett (Academic Lead) Pathway Leader, MA Art & Science, Central Saint Martins. WRHI Specially Appointed Professor
  • Dr Betti Marenko (Academic Lead) Reader in Design and Techno-Digital Futures, Central Saint Martins. WRHI Specially Appointed Professor
  • Dr Jo Wheeler, Head of International Partnerships, Central Saint Martins

Find out about the previous Scientist in Residence programme

Hacking Hearts - Scientist in Residence programme 2019

Hacking Hearts invited international research scientists working on heart disease, energy harvesting and cellular sensing to collaborate with postgraduate students from art, design and performance disciplines. Through a process of interdisciplinary experimentation their research was reimagined and re-presented, opening up many social, cultural and philosophical dimensions.

Hacking Hearts: how can art and design practices inform and transform scientific research?

The opportunity to work with cutting edge research was incredible, as fuel for creation and to work with new tools and materials. We could make connections and observations that may not have been considered by the scientists. I was excited to meet like-minded students, it was a fantastic experience and definitely encouraged diverse thinking.

Hacking Hearts gallery

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    , Students investigating energy harvesting devices during the Hacking Hearts residency, November 2019. Photo © Hacking Hearts
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    , Professor Wataru Hijikata introducing his research to the students at the start of the Hacking Hearts residency, November 2019. Photo © Hacking Hearts
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    , A student observing beating cardiomyocyte (heart) cells through a microscope in the Grow Lab at Central Saint Martins, during the Hacking Hearts residency, November 2019. Photo © Hacking Hearts
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    , The Scientists in Residence participating in creative material experimentation during the Hacking Hearts residency, November 2019. Photo © Hacking Hearts
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    , Professor Wataru Hijikata in discussion with students during the Hacking Hearts residency, November 2019. Photo © Hacking Hearts
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    , 360 degree view of student experimentation during the Hacking Hearts residency, November 2019. Photo © Hacking Hearts
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    , Professor Wataru Hijikata waiting to present his research to the public audience at the Hacking Hearts Symposium, November 2019. Photo by Shem Johnson
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    , Audience questions for the scientists and artists at the Hacking Hearts Symposium, November 2019. Photo by Shem Johnson
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    , A student presenting their speculative project, Beyond Human, at the Hacking Hearts Symposium, November 2019. Photo by Shem Johnson
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    , Professor Wataru Hijikata and students answering audience questions in a panel discussion. Hacking Hearts Symposium, November 2019. Photo by Shem Johnson