Material Beliefs is organising a number of public events - debates, exhibitions and workshops. In addition it links to partners and professional bodies, to contribute to and benefit from networks and activities.

Find out about these events here. Key events can be linked to above. Please note, some links may be under review and require a password - please check later when the content has been approved.


18 April 2007

Collaboration Workshop

The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT

The workshop kicked off the project, by getting together a network of people from science and engineering, design, science communication and social science. This was a way of discussing views, scoping the project and thinking about how to set up collaborations.

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14 & 15 May 2007

Science Communication Conference

Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London

This was a networking event for Material Beliefs. The Science Communication Conference is a yearly event organised by the BA as part of its Science in Society programme.

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6-7 July 2007

Minds Bodies Machines

Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London

This was an opportunity for the designers working on Material Beliefs to all meet for the first time, and attend a conference that introduced some context for the project.

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10 August - 27 October 2007

Our Cyborg Future

Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA

The exhibition was part of the DOTT festival in Newcastle. Material Beliefs exhibited existing work from the Biojewellery project, and offered new relationships and alliances with scientists, designers, and artists. Over 90,000 people visited this show over a 3 month period. Participation in this event lead to other events in Newcastle for Material Beliefs.

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17 September 2007

Public Attitudes to, and Perceptions of, Engineering and Engineers 2007

Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT

This event marked the publication of an attitudinal study into perceptions of engineering. It was a networking and awareness event for Material Beliefs, and most importantly provided some statistical data to reflect upon during the shaping of subsequent events.

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15th October 2007

Junior Scientifique

Thomas Hepburn School, Swards Road , Felling , Gateshead , Tyne and Wear, NE10 9UZ

An after school club in Gateshead invited members from Material Beliefs to present and discuss their work. Ten year 8 students attended. and provided thoughtful feedback on cyborg eyes and tissue engineering. This was a significant event as it introduced the potential of younger audiences to the project.

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15th October 2007

Café Culture / Café Scientifique - Our Future Human Body?

World Headquarters, Curtis Mayfield House, Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6UF

An evening Café Scientifique in Newcastle, Material Beliefs appeared alongside other researchers working in the field of cybernetics. With an audience of about twenty five, this was an event that encouraged discussion on technology and body ability, and demonstrated how technology provokes controversy amongst particular groups of users when it becomes situated in society.

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24th October 2007

Ingenious - engaging citizens; engaging engineers

The Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace ,London, SW1Y 5DG

This was a networking event and workshop to introduce the Ingenious grant scheme, offered by the RAE to support public engagement with engineering. This was an opportunity for Material Beliefs to learn more about the academic engineering community, and related public engagement projects.

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29th October - 2nd November 2008

Material beliefs Workshop - TU/e Industrial Design Masters course, Eindhoven, Netherlands

TU/e, Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven

A two day workshop for masters students in the faculty of Industrial Design at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. Methods that had evolved from the process of setting up collaboration between designers and engineers were deployed in this workshop, which encourages students to interview researchers in their university, and develop a debate, discussion of design scenario from unexpected findings. There were two groups of 12 students involved.

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22nd January 2008

Techno Bodies; Hybrid Life?

The Dana Centre,165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5HD

An evening of debate at Science Museum's Dana Centre, focused on Material Beliefs emerging themes. Each of the four project clusters curated an area of discussion, and each area had it's own invited speakers. Over 100 people attended, and the event has recently been reported in the Observer.

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24 January 2008

EPSRC PPE Award workshop

The Dana Centre,165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5HD

An information day for scientists, engineers and project partners who are interested in applying for EPSRC Partnership for Public Engagement grants. Material Beliefs was invited to this event to present Biojewellery, as a PPE case study.

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February 6-9, 2008

Swiss STS Meeting 2008 - ScienceFutures

Universität Zürich / ETH, Rämistrasse 64, CH-8001 Zürich

An academic event where Material Beliefs was presented as supporting studies by two PhD candidates. This was also a networking event for the project, within a broad and vibrant community of young European researchers from social sciences and history of science fields.

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19th March 2008

Mind the Loop

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

This was a small meeting at the IBE which brought together an engineer, a patient and a doctor, to discuss emerging technologies for the treatment of diabetes. This was an experimental format to encourage discussion across different experiences, with an aim for building new public engagement formats.

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2nd & 3rd April

ISDN3 - Material Beliefs; Technology for People

School of Design, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

An academic event where Material Beliefs was presented to a community of researchers. Presentations focused on the design of services for a range of user groups, and the forty attendees were from design and public service backgrounds.

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8th, 9th & 10th April

Ignite - My Space, My City, My World

The Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Road, London, United Kingdom, SE8 4HU

Material Beliefs was invited to lead workshops on two days of this three day conference for year 10 students. This was held at the new Steven Lawrence Centre in Deptford. The conference was designed to "build young people's confidence in making their voices heard in the places where decisions are made about design, engineering, economics and the future." Over 30 students were involved with the Material Beliefs workshops.

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18th-19th April 2008

Science teachers inset day - MoMA

Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St New York, NY 10019, USA

Presentation and discussion with teachers from science and art disciplines.

20th April 2008

"Free Speech 19"

Pedrita studio, Lisbon, Portugal

Organized by Frederico Duarte and Pedrita. A presentation with discussion for students, academics, practitioners and general public.

21st & 22nd April 2008

Material beliefs Workshop - IBE & Design Interactions, RCA London

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

Students and staff at the Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art took part in a two day workshop at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. The aim of the workshop was to provide those from the RCA with an embedded view upon biomedical technologies, and for those based at IBE to have a refreshed set of responses to their research. More anout the workshop in this diary post.

about IBE and about Design Interactions

30th April 2008

Material Beliefs - evening Lecture

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK

A presentation followed by discussion with undergraduate design students.

14th May 2008

Disruptive design

General Electrics Healthcare, Waukesha, Chicago, USA

The workshop explored the premise that by demonstrating that a research proposal could successfully identify and consult with a range of stakeholders, the quality of the proposal would be improved, and more likely to secure funding. What tolls can design offer this process of public consultation?In this workshop, it was established that using design as a tool to engage general public about the objectives of the research, went only half way. It is the nature of the format in which design is used, where plausible proposals, offer a basis for better understanding of the research, rather than ddesigns which are merely speculative. A presentation followed by a discussion with designers, engineers, researchers, scientists and project managers.

May 23rd 2008

Design Blast Conference

Karlsruhe University of Art and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany

A presentation and discussion with design students, academics, practitioners and the public.

23rd & 16th May 2008

Science & Society - IBE & Design Interactions, RCA London

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

A a four week project for Design Interactions students, with researchers at IBE and Reading taking up visiting tutor roles at the RCA through tutorial sessions, providing feedback on the projects.

about IBE and about Design Interactions

July 14th 2008

Selfridges & Co - Wonder Wall

Ground floor, Selfridges London, 400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB

Biojewellery is part of "Natural History" at the Wonder Wall, a temporary exhibition in the Wonder Room on the ground floor of Selfridges, London.

The Wonder Room at Selfridges

July 24-27th 2008

Secret Garden Party Festival

Guerilla Science tent, Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon near Cambridge

Part of a programme of tented science demonstrations, our session explores how bodies and products become connected through new technologies. Some initial slides showed images of everyday hybrids - including gamers and karaoke singers - enveloped within the tools of their pursuit.

More about the festival and Material Beliefs role

July 31st 2008

Bioengineering public interviews - Selfridges Wonder Room

Ground floor, Selfridges London, 400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB

A series of filmed conversations with shoppers at Selfridges about the value of collaborations between speculative design and biomedical engineering, based at the "Natural History" exhibition.

The Wonder Room at Selfridges

September 4th 2008

9th World Congress of Bioethics

Rijeka, Croatia

A paper about Bioethics in design, presented by Elio Caccavale

Bioethics network events

September 12th 2008

The Future Object 2008 - debate

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

V&A ThinkTanks - a public think tank on the future of designed objects, based in the new Sackler Centre for arts education

About V&A ThinkTanks

September 19th 2008

24 hr design and make

121-123 Deptford High Street, Deptford, London, SE8 4NS

An attempt to demonstrate what can be created in 24 hours. Starting at 7am, a group of teams will be provided with basic materials, tools and a brief to bring together objects, drawings, illustrations, installation, sound, video, and textiles.

About the event, more about London Design Festival

September 19th 2008

This Happened

Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

This happened is a series of events focusing on the stories behind interaction design. Tobie Kerridge, Yuri Suzuki and Cinimod Studio presented projects at the Design Museum.

This Happened archive, Flickr photoset, Design Overtime at the Design Museum

October 1st - November 2008

Crossing Over

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

Art, design and science combines to address bioengineering. This exhibition in the newly renovated building includes work from all four of the Material Beliefs collaborations.

Crossing Over site

7th October 2008 - 21st November 2008

NoWhere Now Here

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Los Prados, 121 - 33394 Gijon, Spain

Nowhere/Now/Here is a major exhibition exploring the world of objects we decide to surround ourselves with.

Exhibition details

October 14th 2008

Arts & Technology: The Role of the Arts in Democratic Policy Making

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

When it comes to developments in science and technology, public perceptions on these issues are influenced largely by the various sources in the public square including the media and the arts. BioCentre hosts a discussion with participating speakers from a range of disciplines.

Bioethics archive

October 22nd 2008

Crossing over: fusing science and art

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

Dr Mark Lythgoe facilitates a discussion about how artists and scientists have each inspired each other to look at their work in a different light.

Event listing

28th October 2008


The Dana Centre, 165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5HD, UK

Explore how brain cells are being fused with interactive devices, and discover kits that are harvesting and banking body cells.

about BioPlay

28th October 2008

ESRC Genomics & Society - poster

Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL, UK

A poster presenting the collaborations and project outcomes of Material Beliefs

about the event

1st November 2008

Family fun day - workshop

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS, UK

Design and make your own fly eating robot with the help of Dr Weeble and Dr Fly. With a microbial fuel cell as it's stomach, your robot can generate energy from fly juice to power your toys.

about Family fun day

2nd November 2008

Battle of Ideas - exhibition, panel discussion

more details

8th & 11th November 2008

Cyborgs and Hybrids - interviews, presentations, workshop

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH, UK

LIVE TV! is a ten week course for young people run by tutors at Camden's Roundhouse, resulting in 4 live TV shows. One show explores the fact and fiction of Cyborgs. A group interviewed researchers about biomedical implants

about Camden Roundhouse

24th November 2008

Sci-Art Film - interviews

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK

Interviews by Richard Wylie from Science TV about the relationship between the two cultures of science and design

19th - 3rd December 2008

Touch Me Festival - exhibition, paper

Student Centre, Zagreb, Croatia

Organized by KONTEJNER, Bureau of Contemporary Arts Practice, the Touch Me festival focuses on art at the intersection of emergent technology.

More about the festival

28th & 29th January 2009

INTERACTIVOS?'09: GARAGE SCIENCE - seminar, discussion

Medialab Prado, Plaza de las Letras. C/ Alameda, 15 . 28014 Madrid, Spain

An International Workshop-Seminar that includes an intensive project development workshop (January 28 through February 14, 2009) and a seminar with lectures and public theoretical works presentations (January 28 and 29, 2009).


16th - 18th February 2009

Tangible and Embedded Interaction 2009

University Arms Hotel, Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1AD, UK

An academic paper at TEI09, "Computing is progressively moving beyond the desktop into new physical and social contexts... Designing such systems requires interdisciplinary thinking. Their creation must not only encompass software, electronics, and mechanics, but also the system's physical form and behaviour, and its social impacts."


20th February 2009

Is Design Good for You?

University of Brighton, 57-68 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 2JY, UK

A one-day symposium exploring interdisciplinary approaches to learning and teaching in art, design and health in Higher Education. In association with The Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning through Design (a partnership between the University of Brighton, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Victoria & Albert Museum) and The Higher Education Academy Subject Centres in Health Sciences & Practice, and Art, Design, Media.

event details

27th February - 2nd March 2009

Kinetica Artfair 2009

P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS, UK

Kinetica Art Fair is dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art.

Kinetica Artfair 2009

2nd - 5rd April 2009


Turbinehallen, Kalkværksvej 12, Filmbyen 19, DK-8000 Åarhus C, Denmark

A presentation at NEXT no. 6, hosted by the Innovation Lab, a knowledge centre for new technology: "NEXT no. 6 is held in Århus on April 2+3+4+5 2009 as part conference, part exhibition. A dozen of the most daunting international minds on business, technology and invention will take the conference stage".


13th and 14th June 2009

Fourth Annual Science and the Public Conference

brighton UK

This conference will bring together academics and practitioners who have an interest in the intersection of science and non-science, be that in contemporary, past or future societies, to confront and discuss the uncertainties, and certainties, of science and the public.

25th June 2009

Learning and Teaching day

University College Falmouth, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH, UK

A conference focussing on transdisciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in areas of teaching and research.