“Simply stunning” - Royal Institution exhibits images of Swansea research in London

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The Royal Institution in London, one of the world’s most prestigious science communication and research organisations, where Sir Humphry Davy worked on his miner’s lamp, and where Michael Faraday did his pioneering work on electricity, is hosting a special exhibition of pictures submitted by Swansea University researchers for the Research as Art competition.

The images are on show from 7 January to 8 February 2013.  They will be displayed in the RI’s atrium exhibition space, right next to Michael Faraday’s original laboratory.  The building, in Albemarle Street in Mayfair,  is open to the public Monday to Friday.

The Research as Art competition, which has been running for three years, is for researchers across Swansea University.  Entrants have to submit images that are inspired by research or inspire research.  

 Dr Richard Johnston, senior lecturer in the college of engineering at Swansea University, organises the competition, which is supported by the Bridging the Gaps programme. Dr Johnston said:

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to display Swansea research in the heart of London, in one of the world’s leading scientific institutions.  It gives us the chance to share with a very wide audience the beauty and diversity of the research carried out here in Swansea University."

Dr Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, said:

"As one of the judges for the Research as Art competition, I felt that more people should be given the opportunity to have a peek at them. Not only are some of the images simply stunning, but the beauty also lies in the fact that they are combined with a narrative that explains the work and puts it into context.

The result is a collection of images that have wide appeal beyond the usual scientific circle. Visitors to the Ri over the coming month certainly have a treat in store".  

The Royal Institution is also famous for its Christmas lectures, started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and now its science video channel www.richannel.org