Mitochondria and Us: co-creating science and society narratives of mitochondrial disease 

Building on the success of the 2019 Art & Science Crossover Workshop programme, the Biochemical Society is sponsoring a new Crossover project for 2021, spearheaded by the Innovation School at the Glasgow School of Art (ISGSA); with participation of the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, and co-funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.

The Crossover project aims to build a network of interdisciplinary exchange between science, society and design to develop transdisciplinary practices that creatively address complex challenges and opportunities that arise with the advancement of scientific knowledge and technology. The network will provide design innovation approaches to facilitate intellectual and creative interaction between researchers, from different disciplines and a range of national and international institutions, within the academic community, the public and the third sector, and will co-develop creative proposals in response to societal challenge areas.

To do this, the Crossover project will host a new series of three workshop programmes, co-organised by ISGSA, that bring together expertise, knowledge and experience related to understanding and caring for invisible diseases and community STEM education. In these workshops, participants will share and co-create narratives that connect scientific, societal and creative knowledge in order to open up new opportunities for collaborative research and practices.

The first of these workshops – Mitochondria and us: co-creating science and society narratives of mitochondrial disease – is co-organised with Professor Kostas Tokatlidis (University of Glasgow) and will take place online on Zoom on 25 February 2021, from 13:00 – 17:00.

We are now inviting demonstrations of interest from Biochemical Society members eager to explore storytelling and visual ethnography as a methodological approach to merge stories of people who work with, or are affected by, mitochondrial diseases. If you would be interested in taking part, or simply be a part of this network, please let us know by Monday 8 February as there are limited number of places available. Please contact either Elio Caccavale or Dr Michael Pierre Johnson.

The first Crossover workshop 2019 > 
RSE Mitochondria and Us follow-up event > 

Current Crossover members include:

Dr Michael Pierre Johnson
AHRC Innovation Leadership Fellow
Innovation School, The Glasgow School of Art

Professor Kostas Tokatlidis FRSE
Cathcart Chair of Biochemistry
Head Mitochondrial Biology Lab
Institute of Molecular Cell and System Biology
The University of Glasgow

Dr Jane Essex, C Chem, Ed D, MA, FRSC, SFHEA
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Education 
University of Strathclyde 

Elio Caccavale
Reader in Transdisciplinary Design Innovation
Innovation School, The Glasgow School of Art

Dr Margaret Rose Cunningham FHEA  
Senior Lecturer
Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences 
University of Strathclyde


Martyn Hendry

Teaching Fellow, Education
University of Strathclyde