Minerva Scientifica, Cultural Institute at King's - The Franklin Effect
Posted on 03/02/2015
Minerva Scientifica, is an evolving music-theatre programme reflecting the lives of British Women Scientists told through the music of British Women Composers.
With an emphasis on the scientific context within which women operated, the project sets out to examine the evolution of significant work by female scientists from history, and their impact and influence on women today who are following similar lines of enquiry.
The main goal of the project is to create and produce a final work "The Franklin Effect" commissioned from 4 composres (Lynne Plowman, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Shirley Thompson, Kate Whitley), in collaboration with four scientists - Professor Elizabeth Kuipers, Professor Mairi Sakellariadou, Dr. Claire Sharpe and Professor Ellen Solomon, and electric voice theatre (Frances Lynch, Artistic Director). Professor Mairi Sakellariadou from the Department of Physics has been involved with the project for nearly a year. Mairi will be running a workshop at the project’s next event on 9 February, one of many that she has participated in. Also at this event, Dr Paul Le Long (Department Manager for Physics) will be presenting a short seminar on the life and work of Rosalind Franklin. Rosalind Franklin, one of King’s most distinguished former members of staff, was a significant contributor to the Nobel Prize winning work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.
To find out more, please contact Professor Mairi Sakellariadou.