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

Making it work with Freya Blekman

Freya Blekman is an experimental particle physicist and lead scientist at DESY, Germany’s largest accelerator centre. With a professorship elementary particle physics at the University of Hamburg, she works on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, where she is also the lead physics communications officer. Her research interests include the search for signs of new physics, trying to experimentally answer questions like: how did the universe evolve? What are the smallest constituents of matter and are they really the smallest? What is the nature of space and time? What, really, is mass?

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

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


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

Space Law and Imagination – Ruvimbo Samanga

Ruvimbo Samanga has a deep appreciation for the creative arts and how it brings inspiration to education, business, and leadership. She is devouted to community engagement and making meaningful relationships with others. Ruvimbo was the National Point of Contact in Zimbabwe under the Space Generation Advisory

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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