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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 of London (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.

Making Waves: Rhythms, Patterns, Forces

Scientist in Residence Programme 2021/22

Students from across UAL came together for a week in February 2022 to explore the dynamics of living systems at different scales. With live online links to laboratories at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Queen Mary University of London students were exposed to specialist scientific research and state of the art imaging technologies and conducted remote experiments to observe cellular activity at nano scale.

Defining questions of interest prompted by the research presented by the scientists in residence, students developed their own creative investigations in the Grow Lab at Central Saint Martins, devised participatory behavioural experiments and examined local field sites. Collectively they explored the dynamics of living systems, the processes of synchronisation and the mechanics of patterning across scales… from macro to micro and beyond.

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

Making Waves gallery

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    Students observing their nano-printed designs under the microscope in the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.
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    Adapting patterns in a petri dish for a slime mould navigational experiment, the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.
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    Students collecting ecology samples from Camley Street Nature Reserve, near Central Saint Martins.
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    Designing a topography for slime mould exploration in the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.
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    Observing the dynamics of slime mould growth under the microscope in the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.
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    Students working in the Grow Lab during the Making Waves Scientist in Residence programme 2022, Central Saint Martins.
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    Observing the fluid dynamics of ink in water in the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.
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    Students working in groups to design patterns for nano-scale printing for cellular experiments, the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.
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    Conducting a participatory experiment in collective decision making, Central Saint Martins.
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    Experimenting with the forces of sound frequencies on different organic matter in the Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins.

Hacking Hearts

Scientist in Residence Programme 2019/20

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 at Central Saint Martins. Through a process of interdisciplinary experimentation their research was reimagined and re-presented at a public symposium, opening up many social, cultural and philosophical dimensions.

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.

The Hacking Hearts team:

  • Professor Wataru Hijikata (Scientist in Residence) School of Engineering, 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 Ulrike Oberlack (Academic Lead) Course Co-ordinator, MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery). WRHI Specially Appointed Professor

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