Handmade: A Scientists Search for Meaning Through Making

Thursday 20 May |  6pm – 7:30pm  | £5 | Online Event

This is the story of materials through making and doing. Through a mixture of memoir, storytelling, stand-up comedy and scientific explanations, join award-winning materials scientist and writer Dr Anna Ploszajski on an odyssey through the different materials of science and craft.

This online talk is the story of a young scientist trying to find true meaning in her science, and its – and her – place in the world. We’ll meet papermaking, wood-carving, cold-working metal, glass-blowing, sugar work, felting and flint-knapping. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never look at metals, plastics, ceramics and textiles in the same way again.

Dr Anna Ploszajski is an award-winning materials scientist, engineer and communicator. A self-described materials generalist, she works at the frontline of new materials technologies. A patent holder by the age of 22, Anna has packed a lot into a short space of time – her career as a materials scientist has seen her work in labs at NASA in Florida, attempt to break a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and power Glastonbury Festival using hydrogen. Anna also works as a freelance science communicator, regularly performing science shows and stand-up comedy about her work to audiences across the UK and internationally, from The Cheltenham Science Festival and the Royal Institution to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Anna has discussed materials science and engineering on numerous national radio and TV programs and she is also the host of her own podcast about materials, Handmade.

Annas new book ‘Handmade: A Scientists Search for Meaning Through Making’ is published on the 13 May by Bloomsbury and is available for pre-order via the museum online shop.

Tickets: £5

This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

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