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The art of performing science

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 June

16.00-16.45

Event location details

Ondaatje lecture theatre

Royal Geographical Society

The Centre for Performance Science (CPS) was founded through a ground-breaking partnership between two academic centres of excellence; Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music. The research produced by this unusual interdisciplinary centre reflects the strengths of both host institutions.

This panel is led by Professor Roger Kneebone (Co-director of the Centre for Performance Science) who will open the session with an introduction to the work ongoing at the CPS. Following this will be a demonstration and discussion focused on the Textile Body, an original work created by 3D Textile Artist Fleur Oakes which was informed by her study of surgeons at work at Imperial College.

The final part of the session will turn to future projects looking at the parallels between orthopaedic surgery and carving in stone; the ‘Sharp Tools on Hard Materials’ project. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions and share their thoughts inspired by what they have heard on the day.

About the contributors:
Professor Roger Kneebone directs the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science and the RCM-Imperial Centre for Performance Science alongside co-directing the UK’s only Masters programme in Surgical Education. He trained first as a general and trauma surgeon, working both in South Africa and the UK before changing direction and becoming a general practitioner. Whilst working as a GP in Wiltshire, he pioneered several innovative training programmes using intensive workshops and simulation before joining Imperial College in 2003. In January 2019 he became Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts, the fourteenth holder of this title since William Hunter at the founding of the RA in 1769.


Professor Kneebone will be joined by colleagues, students and academic collaborators including Fleur Oakes (3D Textile Artist and Lacemaker in Residence at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington & the Centre for Performing Science), Miss Samantha Gallivan FRCS (Tr. and Orth) (Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon & M Ed candidate at Imperial College) and Prof Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music & co Director of the CPS.

This is part of our ‘Art of Science’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talk