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  • Farset Labs Weavers Court Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT12 United Kingdom (map)

Design x Science / Visualising Science

This event that brings together designers and scientists to chat, discuss and collaborate. We’ve previously held talks and panel discussions, but in a brand new format for our 4th year, we are partnering with Farset Labs to bring you a more interactive event where we’ll be working in teams to investigate how to use design to understand science.

In this workshop we will work with scientists and designers to use some of the complex data generated during scientific research and use UX design and visuals to make it understandable to the wider public.  We'll hear a bit about Astrophysics and UX Design from Professor Stephen Smartt from QUB and Andrew McCrea from Fathom who will be in conversation with David Kane from Farset Labs and Karishma Kusurkar from Belfast Design Week. Then we’ll get stuck into some designing.

This workshop will be fast-paced and interactive.  No prior experience is required, simply come along and learn something new about science and/or design, meet new people and get stuck in!

Some information ahead of the event will be sent to participants to give context

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Prof. Smartt is Director of the Astrophysics Research Centre in the School of Maths and Physics at Queen's University Belfast and an award-winning scientist known for his work on superluminous supernovae and the stars that produce them. He was awarded an Advanced Grant with the European Research Council grant from 2012-2017. As part of this project, he was at the helm of the Pan-STARRS Survey for Transients, which currently leads the world's supernova discoveries. His group works on supernovae and the deaths of massive stars. His team have leading roles in two large international projects to study supernovae and the transient Universe. His research has been widely published.

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Andrew is a User Experience Planner at Fathom. He is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Fathom and responsible for future strategy, developing key client accounts, planning, budgeting and project management of Fathom's UX research and design. Andrew also provides quality assurance and governance on all research and design outputs. Andrew has a total of 14 years experience in the online and digital design industry, spanning project management, business development, e-commerce digital marketing, consultancy and training, with over a decade of fast-paced, leading digital and design agency experience. 

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David is a co-founder and director of Northern Ireland's first hackerspace, Farset Labs, as well as a doctoral researcher in condensed matter physics at Queen's University Belfast. He also serves as an operations engineer for Causeway Sensors, an exciting new biosensor startup out of the School of Maths and Physics at QUB. Farset Labs is a registered charity that aims to be a home for the technical and creative community in Belfast, provide an active programme of STEAM education for all ages and to shape the regional policy regarding technical literacy for children and young people.

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Karishma is a designer, collaborator, entrepreneur, lover of all things creative, avid podcast-listener and postcard enthusiast.  Karishma is passionate about putting Belfast on the international map for Design and making it a must-visit destination for design lovers. Karishma founded her multidisciplinary design studio Karishma's World in 2014 and has collaborated on several ventures including The Design SalonBelfast Design Week since then.

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With thanks to venue sponsors Farset Labs.