Monday, June 26, 2006

July SEED salon: Nobel Laureate HARRY KROTO

Monday July 3, 5pm at the Odessa Club (above The Odessa Restaurant, at 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2). Voluntary contribution: 5 Euro

PROFESSOR SIR HAROLD W. KROTO, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of Buckminsterfullerene, one of the founding figures in the field of nanotechnology and one of the world’s best-known science communicators will talk at the July SEED salon on the theme of ‘Science and Art Can Be One and the Same, Sometimes’.

In the last ten years, the soccer-ball shaped carbon-60 molecule Buckminsterfullerene, better known as the ‘Buckyball’, has become something of a superstar amongst molecules. Part of the reason is its eye-catching structure but it is also scientifically intriguing, and of critical importance in the emerging field of nanotechnology. It was for the discovery of this remarkable molecule that Professor Sir Harold W. Kroto was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry along with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley.

Professor Kroto’s career has bridged art and science. Graphic design was his first love, only to be set aside in 1985 on the serendipitous discovery of Buckminsterfullerene (thus named for its resemblance to American designer and architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes), and his work has frequently emphasized the importance of aesthetic and design considerations in science. For this special SEED art-science salon, Professor Kroto will give an informal presentation, to be followed by an open discussion with artists and scientists. Professor Kroto will also be participating in a major international conference on nanoscience at Trinity College Dublin.

Kroto is currently Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University, and is a founder of the Vega Science Trust, which broadcasts science programmes free over the internet. More information about Professor Kroto and his work can be found at and on the Nobel Prize Website.

Please note that this salon is now BOOKED OUT. If you would like to be put on the SEED e-mail list to hear about future events please contact Eimear Bruen,

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Bridges Conference: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science

at the "Institute of Education
London Knowledge Lab"
August 4 – 8, 2006

The Bridges Conference, created in 1998 and running annually since, brings practicing mathematicians, scientists, artists, educators, musicians, architects, writers, computer scientists, sculptors, dancers, weavers, model builders together in a lively atmosphere of mutual exchange and encouragement. Important components of these conferences, apart from formal presentations, are gallery displays of visual art, working sessions with practitioners and artists who are crossing the mathematics-arts boundaries, and evening musical/theatrical events.

Conference Website

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Soap Opera: Contact Information

For any further information regarding the recent "Soap Opera" salon by Tim Durham and Stefan Hutzler, contact Tim directly by email:, or by phone at: +353-87-2297427.

Friday, June 02, 2006

June SEED salon: SOAP OPERA by S. Hutzler and T. Durham

Tuesday June 6th, 7pm at the Odessa Club (above The Odessa Restaurant, at 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2). Voluntary contribution: 5 Euro.

The intricately patterned, multi-coloured pictures of photographer Tim Durham are not unlike the computer images of our information society. However, they are very real photographs of real soap suds, and what's more, they might equally well be displayed at a scientific conference. A scientist admiring them faces an additional challenge: how are they to be explained?

In a brief presentation, Stefan Hutzler will unravel some of the science of soap films in relation to Tim Durham's photographs. This will mainly be done through experiments which demonstrate the effect of surface tension and the geometry of soap films. Guests at the salon are more than welcome to get their hands clean and play with the suds!

Dr Stefan Hutzler is a lecturer in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, where he researches “The Physics of Foams” and co-authored (with Professor Denis Weaire) a book of the same title.

Tim Durham is an artist living in Killucan, Co. Westmeath. For the past 10 years Tim has been working on images of soap films. What makes these photographs different from any other images Tim makes is that he has created the object being photographed as well as the capturing it on film.

Tim will be exhibiting a series of soap film images at the W5 gallery in Belfast from August 31st to September 22nd and at the Institute of Physics in London from November 1st to December 22nd.