Creativity and Collaboration in Research - March 13-14 Colloquium and Lecture

At Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity — part of the National Academy of Sciences' Arthur M. Sackler colloquia series — participants will explore how collaboration and creativity is influencing research. The colloquium marks the 50th anniversary of a renowned exhibit on Cybernetic Serendipity, which celebrated how individual artists could creatively transform computers into art machines. Now, millions of users create and publish art online. Research has also been transformed from the solitary scientist to the teams who work together to produce breakthrough theories and validated solutions.

Topics to be explored at the colloquium include how research policy and educational structures should be re-envisioned to maximize partnerships with design, art, and humanities, and how business, government, and nongovernmental organizations should be productively engaged as research and educational partners.

In conjunction with the event, David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will deliver the 18th annual Arthur M. Sackler Lecture, “Branches from the Same Tree,” on the value of promoting broad educational experiences that integrate the STEM disciplines with the arts and the humanities.  The lecture, which will take place on at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 13, is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. 

The colloquium will take place March 13-14 at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Click here for more information, including a complete agenda.  Seating is limited; reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail