San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Visit the new ASCUS lab at Summerhall. It's the UK's largest publicly accessible laboratory for experimentation in art & science. Find out how you could use if for art-science collaboration, hands-on public engagement and more.
"A lab is somewhere you can't go unless you're a scientist"....not
anymore! ASCUS believes that a laboratory should be a facility
accessible to everyone, like a library, so we've opened our own at
Summerhall in Edinburgh and it sits at the intersection of art and
The ASCUS Lab is:
- A permeable membrane between research / academia and the rest of us: a place where hands-on engagement happens.
- A community space for people to meet, explore, debate, learn and experiment together.
- A space for independent research in art and/or science, and for citizen science.
- A place for research, development, testing, demonstration and experimentation.
Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal events where members of the Beltane community share their experiences of public engagement with research. University researchers and professional staff, plus people from organisations that wish to work with universities, have a chance to share tips over food.
16:30 Light refreshments
16:45 Beltane update
16:55 Tour of the ASCUS Lab
Here's how to get to the ASCUS Lab (from Summerhall Reception):
- Turn left at reception and walk down the corridor towards the cafe.
- Turn right at the cafe and walk down the corridor towards the Anatomy Lecture theatre.
- After going down the small set of steps, and immediately before the double doors, turn left and walk down the corridor.
- Go through the double doors at the end of the corridor and up the stairs.
- Turn right at the top of the stairs and go through the door into another corridor.
- The ASCUS Lab is the door opposite the door into which you entered the corridor.
ASCUS Art & Science is a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing art and science (in their broadest sense), and artists and scientists, together. We're developing this space with generous support from a Wellcome Trust People Award, donations of equipment/consumables from Universities (primarily the University of Edinburgh), and with a tremendous amount of help and enthusiasm from the ASCUS Lab community of volunteers and supporters, who have been working with us to bring this space to life.
If you would like to learn more about how you can engage with the ASCUS Lab, join our community, help us with this ambitious project or support us, please see our website for details, get in touch, sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The ASCUS Lab is open all year round and launches in spring 2016. We look forward to seeing you there!