When we think of robots we tend to think of humanoid stereotypes from blockbuster films. The reality of robots in the twenty-first century scientific laboratory is very different. Lab Notes is an innovative project that brought a classical music composer and a film-maker into a modern systems biology lab. This public event launched the resulting piece of music (Streamlines) by composer Dr Jane Stanley, Lecturer, University of Glasgow & RSE Young Academy of Scotland Member and accompanying film by freelance film-maker Martin Clark. The project team described the creative process of bridging the arts and the sciences. Audience members had the chance to discuss the music and film in a Q&A session, and over drinks, when further music by Dr Stanley was played.
Professor Alan Miller, FRSE, Deputy Principal (Research and Knowledge Transfer), Heriot-Watt University
Dr Christine Knight, Senior Policy Research Fellow, ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum, College of Humanities and Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Dr Lorraine Kerr, SynthSys Project Manager for Experiments, University of Edinburgh
Mr Martin Clark, Independent film maker
Dr Jane Stanley, Lecturer, University of Glasgow & RSE Young Academy of Scotland member