The SciTalk website was set up as a communication tool to facilitate collaboration between scientists and writers, and this will remain one of its core activities.
Browsing the site is inspirational in itself. To meet such an astounding array of scientists is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in Sci-art collaborations.
As detailed in What is Sci-art?, this catch-all term covers any collaborative project, concept or research that combines both science and art. While traditionally these projects have been devised to explore and unpack science, SciTalk's aim is to add a new dimension to the discipline by using Sci-art to explore both the science and art sides of the equation.
The NCLA Literature & Science Fellow Lisa Matthews will continue her research and, together with other NCLA staff, begin producing and delivering a wide range of Sci-art events that explore both science and art.
Building on the strength of the original concept, NCLA has redesigned the website as a means of echoing SciTalk’s new direction. Continued communication between scientists and writers remains the beating heart of SciTalk. There is now an additional aim to encourage writers to use the site in order to create a network for delivering innovative Sci-art projects. This major new development would not be possible without the initiative, hard work, professionalism, insight and scientific and creative expertise of the site’s founders Dr Ann Lackie (the novelist Ann Lingard) and Peter Normington.