Cardiff sciSCREEN has expanded on the model of British Science Association (BSA). These involve a screening of a film, often not a current release, followed by a single speaker from the natural sciences. By contrast, the Cardiff sciSCREEN model uses new release films to draw on existing public interest (and marketing), and presents a number of speakers, from across a range of academic disciplines, at each event.
The ongoing 2010 pilot programme used screenings of ‘A Single Man’, and ‘The Wolfman’ (funded by the British Science Association), The Hurt Locker (funded by the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics) and Inception (funded by the Neurosciences and Mental Health Institute) and attracted extremely high audience figures. Over 300 members of the public attended discussions lasting over 4 hours each. Our experience indicates that:
- Neuroscience, psychiatry, and the mind are common themes within contemporary film.
- There is a demand for events that examine contemporary developments in science, particularly psychiatry and neuroscience, presented in the context of wider social, cultural and philosophical debates.
- Audiences enjoy hearing perspectives on the film from a range of disciplines.
To find out more about Cardiff sciSCREEN and to hear about our next sciSCREEN event on Tuesday January 25th 2011 please visit our blog: www.cardiffsciscreen.blogspot.com.