The highly anticipated 12th annual Robert Boyle Summer School is set to take place in Waterford from May 9th to 12th, exploring the connections between science and art. Hosted in Waterford City and the heritage town of Lismore, the event promises to engage attendees in thought-provoking discussions, presentations, and enjoyable social gatherings.

The theme of this year's Summer School, "Science and Art," reflects on the rich legacy of Robert Boyle (1627-1691), whose contributions revolutionised scientific thought. Participants can expect a diverse line-up of speakers from various disciplines, each offering unique perspectives on the intersection of science, art, history, and culture.

Among the speakers and subjects are historian Roger Gaskell who will present the breath-taking drawings of Robert Hooke in Micrographia which introduced people for the first time to the microscopic world. Leonardo da Vinci scholar Dr Martin Landrus of Oxford University will explore the interrelationship of art and science in the work of Leonardo. Meanwhile, leading contemporary figurative artist Una Sealy will discuss the importance of anatomy in her work and for artists since the time of Leonardo. Fernando Corbalán from the University of Zaragoza will illustrate the relationship between Mathematics and Art and this will be accompanied by SETU lecturer Carlos Pando who will show how 3D printing is revolutionising the way we can create three dimensional forms. Abstract artist Nuala Clarke will relate how a close study of Boyle’s works has inspired her art. Other events include panel discussions, a garden party at Lismore Castle and a botanical art workshop with West Waterford painter Gooee O’Brien.

The week will mark the 65th anniversary of a famous lecture in Cambridge where scientist and novelist CP Snow asserted that there were two cultures, “science” and “humanities” and that a dangerous divide was growing between them. A special panel discussion, led by journalist Brian Trench will explore the relevance of this essay, 65 years later.

The Summer School is made possible through a collaboration between Calmast SETU’s STEM Engagement Centre and the Lismore Heritage Centre, with support from the Waterford City and County Council, local industry partners, and Lismore Castle Estates.

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