Canberra’s artists, scientists and enthusiasts of both swapped perspectives for an evening of interdisciplinary discussion at The Science Hidden in Art event, held at ANU in May.

Over 100 attendees with scientific and artistic interests were treated to an evening of interactive discussion at the ANU Acton campus in a student led event.

Enthusiastic guests actively engaged in discussion about art and science with one guest commenting,

“I like that there were artists and scientists talking about disciplines outside what they usually would – it was good to see that connection.”

 Speakers included Dr Tim Brooks, an ANU lecturer in both Visual Arts, Engineering and Computer Science who spoke about Markov Chains in Visual Arts and Dr Mark Edwards who spoke about Visual illusions from his background in Engineering and Psychology. Professor Paul Francis, another guest speaker, is an ANU Astrophysicist interested in the colours and sounds of the universe.


Other speakers included Jessica Herrington, an ANU Masters student studying visual neuroscience interested in ‘image texture’ – how the brain process different images, as well as Erica Seccombe, a visual artist who has worked with the ANU Department of Mathematics since 2006 creating stereoscopic projection installations from ‘volumetric data’.

Students from ANU’s Centre for the Public Awareness of Science ran the event using a grant from Inspiring Australia which they affirmed added to the success of the evening providing catering and other supplies needed to make the event a hit.


Patrons praised the informal structure of the event,

Discussion between speakers and audience was facilitated by food and ample space, lowering barriers between audience members and speakers”.

This event was part of student’s assessment for the semester, as they are required to learn practical skills in communicating science including event management where they take science to the general public.