Design x Science is an 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.
Our panellists and mentors:
PROFESSOR STEPHEN SMARTT, Q.U.B. (ASTROPHYSICS)
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.
ANDREW MCCREA, FATHOM (UX DESIGN)
Andrew is User Experience Planner at Fathom and has amassed a wealth of experience and success in delivering commercially focused creative online solutions, one of which was spearheading a multi–award winning digital team within one of Ireland’s largest brand engagement agencies. Andrew’s agency experience has seen him deliver projects for clients such as Bank of Ireland, talkSPORT, Queen’s University Belfast, Grafton Recruitment and ICON PLC. A keen blogger, commenting on a range of UX and Digital Marketing topics – Andrew is an expert commentator for Smart Insights, contributing regularly to one the UK’s leading Digital Strategy websites.
In conversation with:
DAVID KANE, FARSET LABS (SCIENCE & TECH)
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.
KARISHMA KUSURKAR, BELFAST DESIGN WEEK (DESIGN)
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 Salon & Belfast Design Week since then.
With thanks to venue sponsors Farset Labs.