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FOTCIENCIA 13: Linking sciences and arts for and with society

24 May 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Instituto Cervantes, Manchester



Although sciences and arts can be considered two independent set of disciplines, the intersection between them generates a creative ground where multiple collaborative and multidisciplinary projects can thrive and produce outcomes that inspire all kinds of people.

On the one hand, the very specialists—scientists and artists—get to think differently about their own disciplines. On the other hand, complex scientific concepts can be explained to general public in creative and comprehensible ways, representing such a great tool for science outreach and communication.

FOTCIENCIA 13 is a collection of 49 pictures that represent different scientific concepts. In this opening ceremony, entitled “FOTCIENCIA 13: Linking sciences and arts for and with society”, a panel of scientists and artists who all work in the intersection between sciences and arts will discuss about how to better connect sciences and arts in a whole process where general public is involved not only as targets but also as stakeholders.


18:30. Official opening of “FOTCIENCIA13”

  • Mr Francisco Oda, Director of Instituto Cervantes Manchester
  • Mr Fernando Villalonga, Minister Counsellor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom

18:40. Panel “Linking sciences and arts for and with society”

Chairman: Dr Lorenzo Melchor, science coordinator of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom

  • Dr Raúl Rivas, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Universidad de Salamanca, and 1st Prize Award in Fotciencia 13 for the picture “What does a child’s hand hide?”
  • Prof Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and Head of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester
  • Ms Quintina Valero, artist and coordinator of “Clouded Lands, 30 Years Chernobyl” from the “Food of War” collective group
  • Prof James Thompson, Professor of Drama and Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility, University of Manchester
  • Dr Anna Vilalta, postdoctoral researcher in the University of Cambridge and coordinator of “Art&Science, an SRUK Initiative”, by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU)

20:10. Conclusions

20:15. Reception (drinks & nibbles) and guided tour to FOTCIENCIA 13

21:15. End

Please click here to register and here to download the programme.


  • Instituto Cervantes Manchester
  • Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT)
  • Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom


  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • Fundación Jesús Serra


Click here for more information about the exhibition FOTCIENCIA 13.



24 May
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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