Litmus Project

Poetry and Science: The Litmus Project

Some of our creative writing PhD students have worked for three months with postgraduate scientists; shadowing them, learning about their research and then drawing on this to produce new poems to present as an exhibition. Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Rough Guide travel writer James McConnachie, transport engineer Dr Ben Waterson, and English Professor Peter Middleton head the project which aims to discover how innovative research can link literature and science. Science under the spotlight includes the structure of turbulence, second generation bioethanol applications, a metagenomic approach to change in microbial soil ecology, binding proteins to surfaces using Quantum Mechanics, modelling phosphorus dynamics in lakes, the environmental sustainability of rail travel and lightweight lead acid batteries for hybrid vehicles.

The Litmus Project was installed in the Level 4 Gallery for Multidisciplinary Research Week ,  beginning 18 March 2013.



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