The symposium will feature an eclectic range of voices on the theme of collaboration between the arts and the sciences in addressing the climate change debate. Presentations will be concerned with projects that cross the humanities, fine arts, and social, physical and applied sciences. Future Climate Dialogue’s principal remit is to consider the potential for collaborative research that might arise from the cross fertilization of arts and science disciplines. It is hoped that out of this dialogue a number of new avenues for collaboration will emerge.
Session1: What can be gained from collaboration between art and science?
Discussion points include: historical relationships between art and science; the dynamics of collaboration between artists and scientists (e.g. discussion of methodological differences/outcomes, alternative perceptions etc.).
Session 2: How can climate science best be disseminated to the public?
Discussion points include: public understanding of climate change knowledge production and dissemination; use of visualisation in climate research and public engagement/education; artistic expression.
Session 3: How can we promote new synergies between art and science?
Discussion points include: strategies for future research (e.g. the potential for creative interrogation of climate data and model outputs).
Session 4: How do we best represent future climate uncertainties?
Discussion points include: historical and cultural readings of past climate change; use of language and imagery (e.g. in discourses of climate change ‘fear’ or ‘solution’?).
The event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre will conclude with films and installations at Pod number 9 from 6.30-9.00. This event is a collaboration between The Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, The Arts Centre and The School of Art, organised by Julian Ruddock (SoA) and Dr Stephen Tooth (IGES). All enquiries concerning the symposium should be sent to Julian Ruddock at
Registration for the symposium is £20, which includes lunch and refreshments. The event is free for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.