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(Panel Discussion) What do science and art activities bring to science communication?

Saeko Okada   RIKEN, Japan

Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke   Diamond Light Source, UK

James Gillies   CERN, Switzerland

The images of cells or biological tissues stained by the highly-developed microscope and staining technique, the colorful graph containing various data, or the image of stereo structure of the proteins or polymer molecules – these scientific data look like modern art. In fact,science is art.
Also, the artistic products inspired by science let people know by intuition the substantial story of science, the secret of nature and how attractive the outlets of cientific research could be. They may raise much interest in science.
Recently, some research institutes and universities are introducing such Science and Art activities as an effective means of science communication, since they can convey to people the secret and the beauty of nature by intuition and inform how attractive scientific research can be.
Three research institutes, Diamond, RIKEN and CERN shared their Science and Art activities:why and how they started these activities and organised them, how they are doing them, and what kind of effects those activities may bring to the general public. They exchanged the information and discussed with the floor about how these kinds of activities could be improved to contribute towards better science communication.

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