Stranger scientific collaborations

ResearcherSkills team



Synergetic scientific collaborations can bring together the best of each field and accomplish what independently would be impossible. Scientists know this and widely engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects but, sometimes research makes strange bedfellows. 
Here some of the weirdest collaborations we found in research. We look very much forward to hear yours so leave us a comment on the blog with your experience!  

Painters and physicians. Plastics art and science are not as far apart as you might think (we all remember Da Vinci, right?). The University of York is investing in collaborative work between scientist and artists working in different aspects of the fine arts. Poems based on how wounds heal, video games inspired by the concept of symbiosis and sculptures researching the resistance to antibiotics are among the collaborations that will be explored.  

Mathematics and musicians. Music and mathematics have been connected for a long time, going back at least to the Pythagorean School where students researched the note interval relations in terms of ratios of whole numbers. Mathematicians and computational scientists address key topics in order to facilitate the interdisciplinary research of music theory and understand it as the complex fundamental human trait that it is. Want to know more? 

Photographers and physiologists. Photography and physiology join efforts to unravel what happens in the transition from sleep to wakefulness. The photographer Catherine Yass was approached by the professor of sleep and respiratory physiology Mary Morrel to try to capture the moment when her patients started to awake. Although the results came to be inconclusive, many of the pictures are still hanging as pieces of art in Prof. Morrel’s walls.

Neurologists and magicians. Have you ever been tricked by a magician? If you have, you are probably familiar with that feeling of not knowing what just happened before your own eyes. Researchers at the University of Leicester are trying to understand how our brains perceive magic tricks and how our eyes are deceived! In this collaboration magicians and neuroscientists work together to understand neurological processes in our brain that make us believe in magic. Want to see more?


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Happy research,

ResearcherSkills team


Image source: Catherine Yass (author) "Sleep head" Aspen Art Collection

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