How is the function of imagination in science to be understood?

This quest aims to sketch a picture of the potential challenges that may arise and provide an overview of what the imagination does when it is used as a guide in the scientific world. In conversation with scientists, artists, and designers, I pursue to discover where fiction touches science and where science flows over into fiction. In doing so, I want to gain more understanding in how fiction and science intersect and to discover what role the imagination has in understanding, discovering, and developing scientific theory.

I believe that the crossing of borders between disciplines can be highly potent spaces for problem solving, new knowledge and understanding about the world, and that the challenge lies in how to bridge the different disciplines in such ways that they can trade and integrate information successfully. But most of all, I am incredibly interested about what motivates people in their research, learning and work. With each conversation, a new universe opens up. With this podcast series I invite you to open your mind’s door and allow worlds of others to enter.

Sabine Winters

Soaking up knowledge with Tobias Seidl

Tobias Seidl is Professor at the Westfälische Hochschule in Bocholt, where he established a bachelor’s degree in biomimetics. After his studies in Saarbrücken – where he produced seminal work on the adhesion mechanism of spiders and spent six months at BMW group as a biomimetics expert – he did his PhD on the navigational system of desert ants at the University of Zurich and in Tunisia. He then received a fellowship with the European Space Agency (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) where he worked on biomimetic and bioengineering topics including verifying brain machine interfaces on the 47th parabolic flight campaign. Since 2010 he is full professor in Bocholt. In this podcast we talk about the role of imagination in biomimetics and bioengineering.


Philosopher Aidan Lyon about psychedelic experiences and imagination. Find the podcast here.

Space Architect Michal Ziso about the role of imagination in architecture. Find the podcast here.

Other Worlds through Film with Jan van IJken

Jan van IJken is a filmmaker and photographer from Leiden, the Netherlands, working at the interface of art and science. His work is about the secrets of nature, microscopy, embryology and human-animal relationships. He is working mainly autonomously on long-term projects. As a photographer, he developed a strong

Imagination and Psychedelics – Aidan Lyon

Aidan Lyon is a philosopher at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his PhD in 2010 at the Australian National University on the philosophical foundations of probability. His research focuses on psychedelics, meditation, uncertainty, wisdom, and collective decision-making. Aidan is also an entrepreneur: He is the

In collaboration with Focus Film Theater, I programmed four evenings of film, science and fiction. During this evenings we will screen science fiction movies, and go into conversation with scientists and artists about at what point in the movies, fiction meets science. Including screenings of Interstellar, E.T. and the Martian and guest speakers: science journalist George van Hall, Prof. Anna Watts, Dr. ig. Wieger Wamelink, analogue astronaut Charlotte Pouwels, designer and Vice Chair of the Moon Gallery Anna Sitnikova, and film director Vrigile Novarina.

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