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The Artistic Side of Science

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22 May 2019



Leuven Central

Margarethaplein 3, Leuven






Imagination is the highest form of research and science clearly benefits from creativity, but can culture benefit from science and research? Today's speakers will bring great examples of how science and culture are the best 'mix and match'.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!: Why Beatles tribute bands matter

Matthias Heyman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Jazz and Popular Music

While The Beatles ceased to exist in 1970, you can still see them live in the form of cover bands. These come in many forms and guises, from the zany parody The Rutles to the all-female The Sheatles, but most focus on the appropriate costumes, hairdo and Scouse accent. In this talk, I compare two celebrated tributes, The Bootleg Beatles and The Analogues, and discuss how they aim to reanimate the nostalgic past in an ‘authentic’ manner using very different means to an end. As such, I illustrate why we are so eager to see imitations of our favourite artists, and ultimately, why tribute bands matter.

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Antwerp University

Numbers, equations and mathematicians: scary monsters or useful friends?

Jan Rombouts & Felix Nolet

PhD fellows, Laboratory of Dynamics in Biological Systems

Numbers are everywhere, even if you don't see them. And when they are not there, sooner or later a mathematician might pop up to put them there. From the cells in your body to the network of your friends, mathematics can describe things that seem very different at first sight with the same set of tools. Studying mathematics is like buying a pocket knife: once you have the tools, you can tackle a lot of problems. In this talk, we will give examples of how wildly different systems unexpectedly can be studied with the same tool on our mathematical pocket knife.

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KU Leuven

Utterly Infectious Scientific Comics!

Susan Nasif

Virologist, Founder and Artist

Professors Marc, Johan and Ghislain are real famous virologists at KU Leuven AND superheroes in the first ever "Virology Comics" made by a virologist artist. While they fight against the "Trojan Prince” - H.I.V - and his viral gang (Measles, Ebola and Flu among others), the three professors will tell you amazing stories about vaccines and viral diseases in a fun, informative and easy-to-understand way: comics and cartoon animation! Since comics are a great gateway for science/medical literacy, come to the event and get your key to the viral world!"

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What does the past mean for the future

Bram De Ridder

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Arts

What can we do with the past? Most people will say not much, because it is literally done and gone, and therefore useless for solving today and tomorrow’s problems. But why do so many people – politicians, journalists, business leaders – then constantly talk about the past? Perhaps there is some hidden quality to it, something that really does make it worthwhile to consider the past when dealing with the future. In this talk, we will approach how history, in fact, represents humanities’ most powerful and rich resource for tackling the most complex societal issues

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KU Leuven