Bridging the divide between Science and Arts in the UK

At this year’s British Science Festival there has been a call (led by Athene Donald) to bridge the divide between Science and Arts in the UK. To get a better understanding of how this works Jo Barstow (British Science Association Media Fellow) interviewed PhD student Julie Wertz (based at the University of Glasgow).  Julie is the winner of the inaugural Jacob Bronowski Award Lecture for Science and Arts.

‘Hailing from Nebraska, Julie studied Chemistry and French at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After a brief stint in pharmaceutical quality control she moved to the University of Glasgow, where she holds a prestigious Lord Kelvin Adam Smith scholarship. Her PhD project, studying the historical process that created the durable but complex dye Turkey Red, has enabled her to combine her love of chemistry, textiles and French. Julie chatted to me after her lecture, in which she explained her attempts to recreate the dyeing process using instructions provided in historical sources.’

Follow this link to read the full interview – Julie Wertz

Are you bridging the divide with your research?  As a School we cover both Humanities and Science.  Could we create more links?


National Science and Engineering Week

The Thames Valley Branch of the British Science Association and run Reading Science Week each year (part of National Science and Engineering Week). They usually have a number of student volunteers to help out at events – at the end of the week they can usually write something for the volunteers detailing what they have done to be used in their CVs, and they also support the RED award, and can complete forms for RED award students. This year Reading Science Week is 13-22 March and they have a range of events that volunteers can get involved with.







Call for Volunteers
Would you like to gain some experience in science communication and event management? Fancy a public engagement reference for your CV? If so, volunteer with the British Science Association at Reading Science Week 2015! They are especially looking for volunteers to:
• Post and hand out flyers advertising our events
• Help out at our Stargazing event for kids (and adults!) on the evenings of 13th and 14th March at the University of Reading London Road Campus
• Help out at the Science Busking event from approximately 10-2 on 14th March on Broad St across from M&S – public science demonstrations and Science Week awareness

Full briefings will be given and training where appropriate. The program is available at
If you’re interested please contact