This Society for Experimental Biology website contains three lectures from the ‘Creativity in Science Teaching’ symposium.
- Drawing as a way of knowing in biology
Dr Gemma Anderson, Falmouth University
- Drones, bones and mobile phones: Maker education and creative learning in science
Dr Mark J Feltham, Liverpool John Moores University
- Poet in the lab: Creative writing and the biology student
Dr John Wedgwood Clarke, University of Hull
The symposium was held on 12 – 14 December 2016 in London and was organised by Prof Graham Scott (University of Hull, UK) and Dr Sara Marsham (University of Newscastle, UK).
Background to the symposium
Although the term creativity is perhaps most immediately associated with the arts, it is clear to those of us in the sciences that ours are also creative disciplines.
This symposium explored the role of creativity in undergraduate biology teaching and considered science as a creative practice, the act of creating as a means to foster deeper understanding, and the interface between the creative arts and the creative sciences as an interdisciplinary space to enhance learning.
The theme of the symposium was the encouragement of the cross-fertilisation of ideas and disciplines. New concepts, innovation and bold leaps in teaching ensure that experimentation is at the heart of biology.