Following an Honours degree in Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide in her home country Australia, Helen Chandler completed a D.Phil. in Biomolecular Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Her work there combined population genetics and anthropology, using ancient DNA to explore the links between culture and biology in ancient human populations. She is currently the Scientific Manager for The Arts & Genomics Centre, based at the University of Amsterdam.
Chronic Infection or Hybrid Vigour? Art's Gift to Science. Art/science collaborations have existed for some time, but analysis of their success tends to concentrate attention on the outcomes of collaboration in terms of a work of art. But what if the outcome is actually a work of science? Or maybe some kind of hybrid? And what are the effects of this sort of interaction on science and scientists themselves? Does art leave traces in science? And is that a good thing or a bad thing for science? This talk addresses the issues involved both from the science and the art side.