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Expert Advice

Where to begin?

There are many organisations who can help you on your quest to produce data driven exhibits, or events organisers such as science festivals who might be interested to hear about your proposal.

But what can they offer you and what do they need?

To try and answer this we asked representatives from various organisations to join us at our first live event. This event featured discussions, interviews and a panel discussion covering Key Points.

Please see below for recordings from each of our experts, as well as the Panel Discussion, which can be viewed as a whole or in smaller sections-

Creative Carbon Scotland

'Creative Carbon Scotland believes in the essential role of the arts, screen, cultural and creative industries in contributing to the transformational change to a more environmentally sustainable Scotland.'


Gemma Lawrence highlights the importance of collaborative working at CCS and artists seeing their role as part of the larger projects, developing their work in response to the needs of the community.

Creative Informatics

'Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together. We provide funding and development opportunities'

Nicola Osborne offers some top tips:

-Join every newsletter and network going

-Start conversations early

-Don't be be afraid to seek guidance and help

Edinburgh Science

'As leaders in our field of Science Communication, we work year-round to create and deliver dynamic hands-on workshops and exhibitions and inspirational shows, discussions, debates and performances that continually push the boundaries of public engagement with science.'

Bill Addison recommends that people considering the Edinburgh Science Festival:

-Don't be afraid to get in touch early

-The science festival is looking for solutions, but they don't need to be finished solutions

-Read the guidance - do you fit those criteria? 

-Have you considered all practical considerations, such as how it will be installed, will it be safe, how many people can see it at a time?


'Inspace is a unique events and exhibitions space which is part of the Institute of Design Informatics within the University of Edinburgh.'  

More than just a venue, InSpace is part of Institute for Design Informatics. InSpace offers creative opportunities such as residencies and a very supportive environment to have events and exhibits. This organisation is very open and is happy to be approached by artists still in the early stages of their careers

Jane MacDonald explains that her organisation can offer support for less established artists with projects in their early stages. The focus is on the collaborative elements. Can you explain how it combines science, data and art.

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Panel Discussion

The first of Cognition Arts public event our panel discussion took place at InSpace, featuring our panel of experts- bill, .............. and our own experienced art/date/science producer Johnathan Elders.

The event was hosted by Susan Morrison, a leading figure with Edinburgh's creative science scene and host to the Cabaret of Dangerous ideas 

The event can be viewed in its entirity or in 5 sections: 






Key Points

Reassuringly a number of points were repeated by echoed by each of our delegates during our discussions

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