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Funding success for impact and engagement work with the Great North Museum

A number of events over 2019 will be developed into a three-month exhibition.

PEALS researchers, Ken Taylor and Marianne Wilde, have been awarded funding to work with colleagues from the Synthetic Portabolomics project to develop an exhibition for the Great North Museum.  Ken and Marianne will work on a number of ‘pop-up interventions’ to take place during the museum’s prestigious ‘Dippy on Tour’ exhibition over the summer.

These events, part of the PEALS 20th anniversary series, will engage visitors, young and old, in consideration of the potential for synthetic biology to contribute solutions to social challenges such as reducing the use of fossil fuels and improving food security. 

As part of the work, Marianne will spend time with the scientists and produce artworks in response to her experiences.  These will form the core of a three-month exhibition in the museum to be opened in January 2020.

The funding has come from Newcastle University’s HASS Faculty Impact Fund, the SAgE Faculty’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account and the Portabolomics project.




published on: 2 April 2019