Academic Links

The following websites and organisations conduct academic research, community-based projects, and hold meetings which help to interrogate the relationship between literature and science.

Acume 2: Interfacing Sciences, Literature and Humanities

Acume 2 aims to investigate the relationship (links, affinities, differences, questions and problems) between the sciences and the humanities in order to question the very idea of ‘influence’ (or ‘mutual influences’) in favour of a more dynamic idea of ‘INTERFACING’. The site and project is coordinated by the University of Bologna. It encourages the students and scholars of its partner universities to investigate the topic within a European perspective. Partners encourage co-operation with other institutions (local and national educational agencies, vocational centres, museum networks).

The Arts Catalyst: The Science Art Agency

The Arts Catalyst is an arts organisation that actively makes connections between art and science through commissions and strategic projects. Since 1993, Arts Catalyst has worked nationally and internationally to promote understanding and cooperation between the arts and sciences. A driving interest is to extend the practice of artists engaging with scientific processes, facilities and technologies in order to reveal and illuminate the social, political and cultural contexts that brought them into being. The website provides details of current, past and forthcoming commissions, projects, fieldtrips, and details of the Arts Catalyst’s education projects.

The British Association for the Advancement of Science

Established in 1831, the BA exists to create a positive social climate in which science, and the organisations dependent on it, advances with public consent and with the involvement and active support of non-scientists. We seek to achieve that by connecting science with people: promoting openness about science in society and affirming science as a prime cultural force through engaging and inspiring adults and young people directly with science and technology, and their implications. Established in 1831, the BA organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual BA Festival of Science, National Science and Engineering Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges. The BA is a charity established under Royal Charter, registered with the Charity Commission (number 212479) and governed by a Council which forms the Board of Trustees. It is managed by a professional staff, with around 30 people in the national office in the Wellcome Wolfson Building in South Kensington and 13 part-time regional staff across the UK. The 16 scientific Sections of the BA, which contribute primarily to the annual BA Festival of Science, are run by committed volunteers. So too are the 30 or so Branches, which organise events and activities locally across the UK.

The Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science currently owns the first hundred years’ Reports of the BA. We propose to begin digitising these Reports in 2008. If you would like any information regarding this proposed project, please contact the Centre’s Research Fellow, Dr. Rachel Hewitt, in the first instance.

British Society for Literature and Science

The BSLS is a scholarly society which promotes interdisciplinary research into the relationships of science and literature in all periods. The website includes details of forthcoming CFPS, conferences and events organised by BSLS and other societies and institutions. It also contains an archive of details of past events.

The Call for Papers for the BSLS’s Third Conference, in 2008, can be found here

Cambridge University’s History and Philosophy of Science Department

The HPS department at Cambridge is the largest of its kind in the UK. Its website provides details of current seminar and reading groups; forthcoming conferences, meetings, and lectures; information regarding staff and student members; useful lecture notes, reading lists, and academic material on the subject; links to the departmental library and its catalogue; and a link to the Darwin Correspondence Project .


LabLit is dedicated to real laboratory culture and to the portrayal and perceptions of that culture – science, scientists and labs – in fiction, the media and across popular culture. The site is intended for non-scientists as well as scientists, and the goal is to inform, entertain and surprise.

Liverpool University’s Centre for Poetry and Science

Liverpool University’s Centre for Poetry and Science is a forum to facilitate discussion about the relationship between those two traditionally opposed subjects, poetry and science. The site will provide new poetry, commentary, newly commissioned essays and interviews with leading poets and scientists. In addition, poets and scientists at the University of Liverpool and the University of Cardiff, have agreed to take part in a series of discussions with each other, and to document their thoughts in an online diary.


SciTalk offers a way for scientists to communicate their expertise and their enthusiasm to writers, and a way for writers to find out about science and how scientists ‘work’ — through personal contact and meeting face-to-face, not just by email or phone.

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

The SLSA is based at John Hopkins University Press, which publishes its journal Configurations. The website contains details of the SLSA’s Executive Board, conferences in the USA and Europe, an on-line member directory and membership form, a link to Configurations, a link to the SLSA’s newsletter Decodings, and new poetry with a scientific theme.