affiche ectocarpusMarion Maisonobe takes part in this event exploring how the arts can contribute to vital global collaboration in algae research
September 7, 7 pm (BST)
Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street Edinburgh EH2 2PQ United Kingdom

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.

“This event will explore how the arts can aid vital 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”.


Professor Niki Vermeulen
Professor, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh

Niki Vermeulen used to live under the sea level in the Netherlands, but came to the UK in 2012, first as a Wellcome Trust research fellow at the University of Manchester before moving up to Scotland in 2014 to join the University of Edinburgh. She studies the ways in which scientists work together, also pays attention to marine sciences, and works with Marion on the RSE Saltire project on the Geography of Collaborations. As an emeritus member of the Young Academy of Scotland, she collaborated on the development of the Coastal Knowledge map.

Marion Maisonobe
Researcher, Géographie-cités, CNRS Paris

Marion is a geographer at CNRS, in France. She is curious about networks of places and especially the way social ties and movements connect places together at various scales in a more or less lasting way. Scientific networks have interesting characteristics as they spread over many countries and cities and can last over generations of scientists. She works with Niki on the RSE Saltire Project on the Geography of Collaborations. She also contributes to the development of the NETSCITY web application, which allows mapping science at the global scale.


Brendan Le Delliou
Choreographer, Frichti Concept, Paris

Brendan is a choreographer, dancer, and actor. He is a performer in various company projects: indoor dance at the Paris Opera (R.Castellucci, P.Giraudeau, R.Carsen) and projects for young audiences (Cie Arcane, Fonfrède et Becker), dance in public spaces (Retouramont, Pied en Sol, KMK), indoor theatre (Cie Ca va aller, Théâtre du Filament), theatre in public spaces (Ktha Cie, Cie Bouche à Bouche).
He has been a choreographer and performer for all of Frichti Concept’s public space creations since 2003 and puts his experience as a choreographer at the service of other multidisciplinary artistic projects (circus, theatre).


This meeting is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s summer event series, Curious, which runs from September 4 to 17 and offers the chance to meet leading thinkers at free lectures, workshops, tours and exhibitions.

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