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Altered States: what happens when we tell stories about science?

Imperial College LSE Literary Festival event

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013 
Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Greg Artus, Richard Bronk, Aifric Campbell, Professor Roger Kneebone
Chair: Dr Nick Russell

Is truth a casualty in the stories we tell about science? Is there a conflict between narrative truth and historical truth? Can fiction illuminate scientific themes? What are the challenges of presenting scientific topics in the media? How do scientists tell stories to raise capital?

Greg Artus lectures in politics, philosophy and business ethics at Imperial College. His research interests include the nature of human action and perception, and the work of Wittgenstein and Heidegger.

Richard Bronk is Visiting Fellow in LSE's European Institute. Richard is is a writer and part-time academic, with particular expertise in the history of ideas, philosophy of economics, comparative corporate governance and European political economy.   His books include The Romantic Economist - Imagination in Economics (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Aifric Campbell is a writer and former investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Her latest novel On the Floor was long-listed for the 2012 Orange Prize. She teaches at Imperial College.

Roger Kneebone is professor of surgical education at Imperial College. He is a clinician and educationalist who leads a multidisciplinary research group at Imperial College.  Roger has an international profile as an academic and innovator and is a 2011 National Teaching Fellow. In 2013 Roger will take up a prestigious Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship.

Nick Russell was a college science lecturer, freelance journalist, and vocational science curriculum developer before organizing and teaching postgraduate science communication programmes at Birkbeck College and Imperial College. He was head of Department of Humanities at Imperial College before he retired and is now emeritus reader in Science Communication at Imperial College.

Update, Wednesday 27 February:  Professor Tim Besley and Professor Armand Leroi are no longer able to take part in this event due to unforeseen circumstances, but we are delighted that Richard Bronk will be joining the panel.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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A podcast of this event is available to download from Altered States: what happens when we tell stories about science?

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