As Yet Impossible presents Dr Daniel Glaser, Wellcome Trust Head of Special Projects - Are we all interdisciplinary now?
The rise of personal digital curation means that everyone can fill their cultural lives with snippets from a vast range of genres and sources. We are encouraged to express ourselves by difference. From ordering your morning coffee to your own unique mosaic of likes and retweets, identity is sampled from multiple streams.
Research is similarly constructed from overlapping disciplines. Neuroscience was only invented as a word in the 1960s, denoting the combination of more classical scientific approaches to the nervous system; yet it is already being combined with other fields such as computer science, psychology and even the arts to underpin contemporary studies of the brain. The cutting edge of malaria research combines genomics, informatics, epidemiology and paediatric intensive care.
So what is the role of the expert in the modern construction of knowledge? How can authority and trust survive at the cutting edge? And is there still a role for the specialist critic and the niche funder?
Dr Daniel Glaser is Head of Special Projects in public engagement at the Wellcome Trust. His team directs activities with young people, broadcast media and scientists' public engagement. His scientific background involves brain imaging of the visual system. In 2002 he was appointed Scientist in Residence at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and in 2005 he received a Cultural Leadership award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). He has presented a television series for the BBC and co-chairs the Café Scientifique at The Photographers' Gallery in London.
Arrival drinks will be served from 6.00pm ahead of the presentation at 6.30pm, followed by a question and answer session, with the evening ending at 8.00pm.