Art, Aesthetics, Architecture and Algae

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  • Talk

Art, Aesthetics, Architecture and Algae

A talk by David Thomas - School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University
13 December 2018, 7:00pm

The world of science is often perceived as being sterile, routine, complicated and mostly impenetrable except to a select few. Seaweeds (algae) are frequently viewed as simply being a smelly nuisance. In contrast the world of art and design is a hive of creativity that entices an audience by appealing to our emotions and senses. David Thomas will illustrate how these apparently very different fields are in fact underpinned by similar inspiration – often just expressed in different words.

The Year of the Sea Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

The Year of the Sea Lecture Series will look at the diversity of life in our oceans – from bacteria to whales.

The Thursday evening lectures will be presented by six leading marine scientists, all internationally recognised experts in their respective fields.

27 September   David Thomas: Life inside Antarctic & Arctic pack ice
11 October  Stuart Jenkins: The ecology and management of marine aliens
25 October   Lewis LeVay: Sustainable farming of the sea – from global to local
8 November   Mattias Green: Tides, snowballs and evolution
22 November   Line Cordes: The acoustic world of marine mammals
6 December   Gareth Williams: Exploring and learning from the most remote coral reefs on Earth



MOSTYN’s history – School of Art, Science and Technical classes

During the research for the History Series of exhibitions (2014-2017) we discovered that the gallery building was home to a ‘School of Art, Science and Technical Classes’ in the years 1903-1912. A wide-ranging programme of lectures by speakers from a variety of disciplines, including marine science, was also on offer.

The Year of the Sea Lecture Series enables MOSTYN to both celebrate its heritage and show how current research in marine science is responding to contemporary issues.






About the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE)


The NRN-LCEE is a major, £7M pan-Wales research initiative that supports excellent research into the interactions between land, water, the provision of food and energy production. The Network is funded by the Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales through the Sêr Cymru Programme for bringing scientific talent into Wales.

The Network funds Fellowships and PhD studentships embedded into interdisciplinary and collaborative ‘Research Clusters’ of Welsh Universities and other partners, as well as Fellowships for researchers returning to academia after a career break. These talented individuals address diverse research challenges of relevance for society and the sustainable management of natural resources. In addition, the Network provides research development funding and organises public lectures, workshops and other events aimed at bringing experts in current challenges and LCEE research areas to Wales.


Booking is advised on 01492 868191 or by calling into the gallery.