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Visualising Science and Environment

Symposium organised by the Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA, in association with the Media Research Group, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, UK

Venue : University of Brighton, UK, 17-18 November 2011

Registration is now open for the ‘Visualising Science and Environment Symposium’ organised by the Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA, in association with Media Research Group, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, UK

Registration and details at :

Fee : Waged £60, unwaged/student £30 Further information from Julie Doyle :

Symposium organisers : Julie Doyle, Anabela Carvalho and Louise Phillips, Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA


Thursday 17 November 2011

9.30 Registration and Refreshments

10.00 Welcome address

Keynote - ’Imag(in)ing climate change : Exploring (creative) collaborations’ Julie Doyle, University of Brighton, UK

11.00 Panel 1 – Visualising science : discourses of conflict and resolution

’Imagining “a greener, cleaner future” or a return to “the world of Quatermass” ? The role of the visual in biomass power struggles’ Lucy Brown, University of Strathclyde, UK

’Geoengineering : Verbal and visual images of promotion and protest’ Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham, UK

’The use of visual and social media in conflicting land management processes’ Georgina Maffey, Mark Reed and Sera Irvine, University of Aberdeen, UK

’Imagined nanotechnological futures as esoteric and exoteric discourses : Nanomission™’s mission’ Mark Erickson, University of Brighton, UK

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Panel 2 - Conversations/collaborations between art and science

’Between method and ornament : scientific visualisations in contemporary art’ Tomáš Dvo ?ák, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic

’Small worlds’ Elaine Duigenan, London, UK

’MS : The big knit’ Hannah Hope, British Society for Immunology, Helen Featherstone, University of the West of England, and Alison Thomson, Artist in Residence, Barts and the London NHS Trust, UK’

’From science to art’ Jon Heras, Equinox Graphics Ltd, UK

3.00 Refreshments

3.15 Panel 3 – Gendered politics of science and environment

’“Twinkle, twinkle, eco-star” : Green celebrity culture in contemporary China’ Xinghua Li, Babson College, USA

’Ken dumps Barbie : The politics of communication in Greenpeace vs Mattel 2011’ - Jenny Alexander, Bournemouth University, UK

’Hubble’s mother : A star is born’ Emma Bell, University of Brighton, UK

4.45 Panel 4 - Visual literacies of ecology and sustainability

’Design for a changing climate : Embedding scientific discourse in the process of architectural design’ Kirsty Sutherland, University of Brighton, UK

’The graphic design of science and environment communication : The “Indústria e Ambiente” contribution’ Jorge M L Brandão Pereira and Carla Santos Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), Portugal

’The visual communication of ecological literacy’ Jody Boehnert, University of Brighton, UK

’Visual cultures of ecological research’ Astrid Schwarz and Angela Krewani, University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany, University of Marburg, Germany

6.15 Drinks reception and book launch – sponsored by Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton and IECA (International Environmental Communication Association).

Book Launch – Julie Doyle, Mediating Climate Change (Ashgate 2011) and Claire Molloy, Popular Media and Animals (Palgrave Macmillan 2011)

8.00 Optional Dinner

Friday 18 November 2011

9.30 Panel 5 - Visualising climate change

’Image matters : Climate change imagery in the US, UK and Australian Mass Media’ Saffron O’Neill, University of Melbourne, Australia (via skype)

’Picturing resilience : Analysis of newspaper images of Brisbane floods 2011’ Anne Leitch and Erin Bohensky, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

’Climate change associations : Mental imagery, iconic representations, and emotions’ Zoe Leviston and Jennifer Price, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

’Potentials and challenges of visualisation-supported communication on climate change’ Victoria Wibeck and Tina Neset, Linköping University, Sweden

‘Which images matter ? Exploring Indonesian decision-makers’ perceptions of future change’ Erin Bohensky, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

11.00 Refreshments

11.15 Panel 6 - Practicing Science, Environment and Art

’Teaching art and science together’ Lisa Austin, Maine, USA

’Singing Sand’ Joe Duffy, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

’The artistic appropriation of scientific methods of visualisation and nature’ Hugo Fortes, University of São Paulo, Brazil

’Integrating Science and Art to promote environmental support’ Darlene Farris-Labar, East Stroudsburg University, USA

12.45 Lunch

1.30 Panel 7 - Imaging animals, environment and science

’Avatar, animals and ecology : Visualising the tensions’ Claire Molloy, University of Brighton, UK

’Whale wars : Image event, reality television or visual surveillance’ Anita Howarth, Kingston University, UK

’Visualising the unseeable : Bubble chamber photographs and visual construction in particle physics’ Mircea Sava, University of Bucharest, Romania, POSDRU 107/1.5/S/80765

’Visualising and communicating global atmospheric phenomena : A visual history of the Antarctic ozone hole’ Sebastian Grevsmühl, Centre Alexandre Koyré, France

3.00 Refreshments

3.15 Panel 9 - Mass mediation of science and environment

’Broadcasting climate change : State vs. media’ Marianna Poberezhskaya, University of Nottingham, UK

’Climate change in our Backyard’ Amanda Katili Niode, Indonesia

’Visualising science in German television broadcasts’ Anna –Maria Volpers, University of Münster, Germany

Looking somewhat sciencey : Science’s trust function in commercial advertising’ Alice Ruddigkeit and Matthias Kohring, University of Mannheim, Germany

4.45 Roundtable discussion and closing remarks

5.15 Finish

Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA, in association with Media Research Group, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, UK.

Kindly supported by IECA (International Environmental Communication Association)