Transmission in Motion


5 June 2019
15:00 - 17:00
Grote Zaal, Muntstraat 2a

“The Art of Performing Science” – Prof. dr. Roger Kneebone and Dusia Kneebone (Imperial College London)

In this session, Roger and Dusia Kneebone draw on a body of work over several years in which they have brought expert clinicians, scientists, artists and performers together to explore the wordless ‘ways of doing’ which characterize their work.

By demonstrating selected aspects of their work to one another, participants share understandings that elude verbal description. After outlining the issues they will present examples of ongoing and future collaborative work carried out by colleagues in medicine and the arts.

The session will then move to an interactive conversation based on Dusia’s experience of moving from geology to art history and then hat-making, before concluding with a broader discussion with the audience.

Roger L Kneebone is a clinician and educationalist who leads the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music–Imperial Centre for Performance Science. His multidisciplinary research into contextualised simulation and embodied knowledge builds on his personal experience as a surgeon and a general practitioner and his interest in domains of expertise beyond medicine. Roger has built an unorthodox and creative team of clinicians, computer scientists, design engineers, social scientists, historians, artists, craftsmen and performers. Roger has an international profile as an academic and innovator. He is a Wellcome TrustEngagement Fellow and in 2011 became a National Teaching Fellow. He is passionate about engagement, which he sees as a translational resource bridging the worlds of clinical practice, biomedical science, patients and society. He is fascinated by the embodied knowledge that underpins science, medicine and the visual and performing arts. In addition to his work with Imperial scientists and clinicians, Roger collaborates with the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Royal College of Art. In 2017 he became the first Honorary Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Art School and is a full member of the Art Workers Guild. He is the 2018 Gresham College Visiting Professor of Medical Education. In 2019 he became the fourteenth Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Anatomy. Roger also presents Countercurrent, a fortnightly iTunes podcast featuring 40-minute conversations with people whose interests and careers cross boundaries (

Dusia Kneebone’s career has ranged across science, art history and making. Following her undergraduate studies and an MSc in marine geology, Dusia spent several years researching the paleo-environment of coal deposition in the UK and overseas. After a career break to raise two daughters, Dusia changed direction and became an art historian. In her MA at Birkbeck, her research focused on a group of little-known paintings of a First World War field hospital on the Western Front by the French artist Victor Tardieu. Dusia and her husband Roger have collaborated for many years on the simulation-related engagement work which he has pioneered at Imperial College London, integrating perspectives from clinical practice, science, art, craft and performance. She participates in exploratory work with the Art Workers Guild, the V&A Museum and the City & Guilds of London Art School. On the practical side Dusia has been engaged in handicrafts throughout her career. Her interests range from lacemaking, sewing, knitting with colour, and ceramics to her current work as an established hat maker.

This event is organized by:

 UMake (UMake – Utrecht Centre for Making), the Centre for the Humanities (CfH) and Transmission in Motion (TiM)