PRiSM call for climate change science students

Jan 23 2020

We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for students studying in the area of climate change to work alongside RNCM musicians in a research project led by the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music PRiSM.

We would like to invite students working in climate/environment scientific fields to work with RNCM students in composition and performance, on pieces inspired by contemporary climate/environment issues.

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Photograph by Sam Duffy

Scientists and musicians will collaborate during two workshop days, hosted by PRiSM at the RNCM, on 26 February 2020 and 10 June 2020. There will be a public evening event at the RNCM showcasing the work on 15 October 2020.

The workshops will be led by renowned artists Sarah Nicolls and Laura Bowler. Sarah, pianist and composer, and Laura, vocalist and composer, create artistic work on the climate and ecological emergency. They will be joined in the first workshop by Composer Larry Goves, the RNCM Academic Lead for RNCM Ensemble+,  a new initiative to share and exchange learning and teaching with a focus on high-tech remote communication with high fidelity audio, which is being explored as a way to reduce the environmental impact of engagement and collaboration between geographically separated musicians.

We will be joined remotely on the second workshop day by leading academic and climate activist, Julia Steinberger, Professor of Social Ecology & Ecological Economics at the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds. She is well versed in connecting the dots between climate science and engagement, communication and activism and will help guide us as we begin our collaborations.

Undergraduate students with a strong Climate Science component, Masters or Doctoral students working on research in climate change are encouraged to apply. You must be available to attend both workshop dates, which will be held at the RNCM.

Lunch will be provided on both days. To apply, please write a brief letter (one side A4) outlining the nature of your climate change studies/research, the institution you are based at and why you would like to take part. These should be sent to Sam Duffy, PRiSM Centre Manager [email protected] by 9 February 2020.