Is science imaginative? Or just about measurement and recording fact? 

Our series of themed events, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, explores the long but hidden story of the vital role that imagination plays in science, through pictures, poetry and metaphor. 

Join us for mind-stretching ideas in the real science of aliens; enjoy science-inspired poetry; discover what can go wrong when we talk about science in the language of warfare; and explore what it means to be human.

Our expert speakers include Harvard’s top astronomer Avi Loeb; violinist and composer Anna Phoebe; poet and priest Malcolm Guite; physicist, interdisciplinary leader and writer Tom McLeish; poet Katrina Porteous; science communicator Franziska Kohlt; and the host of the On Being radio show and podcast, Krista Tippett.


Work at the University of York is focused around seven research themes which align our academic strengths to best meet the grand scientific, social and environmental challenges of our time. Learn more about the Creativity and Culture and Communication research themes.