Ectocarpus: when seaweed meets dance

Discover how seaweed research and dancing came together in an international collaboration bridging science and the arts.

Ectocarpus is a brown seaweed known for the speed at which it completes its lifecycle, and it can be found across the globe. This weird and wonderful alga connects seaweed researchers and marine research institutes worldwide, including Scotland and France.

In this event we explore how dance can aid our work to map and analyse global research collaboration, such as in seaweed research. We invite members from the RSE Saltire project on the Geography of Collaborations who are currently developing networks of international cooperation using the concept of choreography, and movements across time and space.

We will be joined by the choreographer of the dance group, Frichti Concept, Brendan Le Delliou, who will demonstrate the process of translating research into performance art. They will discuss seaweed research itself and the method of working with a dancer/choreographer to develop research connections, engage broader audiences and viscerally experience the beauty and potential of Ectocarpus.

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