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

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Space

Dr Benjamin Pothier (University of Plymouth (UK), School of Art Design and Architecture, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Business, international research program of the Planetary Collegium), is a professional explorer, human factor expert, interdisciplinary researcher and a photographer/film maker born in France in 1973.

Through his participation to expeditions on remote locations and analog astronaut trainings worldwide, Dr Pothier specializes in Life experiences in I.C.E [Isolated, Confined and Extreme] environments and their studies. He has participated to expeditions from the driest desert on Earth to the Northernmost human settlement and was elected in 2018 as an International fellow member of the Explorers Club (NYC). Dr Pothier was the first French person selected for both the Arctic Circle Residency in the Arctic Ocean and Svalbard organized by The FARM.INC, NYC in 2013, and the Ars Bio Arctica Residency at Kilpisjarvi’s research station in Finland organized by the Bioart Society in 2014. He has taught Cinema, Documentary and 360 filmmaking at the DeTAo Master’s academy in Shanghai, and was invited to be a visiting scholar at the Center for Saami and Indigenous studies at Tromsø University in Norway.

Tobias Seidl about bio engineering and imagination. Find the podcast here.

Freya Blekman is an experimental particle physicist and lead scientist at DESY, Germany’s largest accelerator centre. Find the podcast here.


Biomimetics with Tobias Seidl

In this podcast Tobias Seidl elaborates on the structures of Biomimetics,the use of imagination when it comes to problem-solving and studying ants in the desert for over 90 days. Tobias Seidl is Professor at the Westfälische Hochschule in Bocholt, where he established a bachelor's degree in biomimetics. After his

Talking to the Moon with Daniela de Paulis

In this podcast I exchange thoughts Daniela de Paulis about talking to the Moon, through radio waves. We talk about sending brainwaves into space while being asleep and about looking at projects in terms of making social impact. Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer and a media

Science meets Fiction

In collaboration with Focus Film Theater, I programmed four evenings of film, science and fiction. During this evenings in October 2022, we screened science fiction movies (The Martian, Interstellar, Inner Telescope, E.T.), and went into conversation with scientists and artists (professor Anna Watts, dr.ig Wieger Wamelink, Marc Heemskerk, Anna Sitnikova, George van Hal en Virgile Novarina) about at what point in the movies, fiction meets science.If you are interested in this topic and would like to discuss possibilities of a sci-fi lecture or film programme, please reach out to me at sabine@scientificimagination.org.

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