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Cardiff ScienceHumanities enters next stage of development

7 December 2018

Wellcome Trust grant enables focus on Populations, Energies and Healthy Futures

The Cardiff ScienceHumanities initiative is set to bring together humanities approaches to medicine and health with other sciences and technologies thanks to its latest award.

Awarded the Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities and Social Science, Building and Interrogating Relationships between the Medical Humanities and Humanities Approaches to the Sciences will focus on Populations (2018-19), Energies (2019-20) and Healthy Futures (2020-21) through themed events.

The funding also facilitates the continuation of the highly successful ScienceHumanities postgraduate Summer School, bringing PhD students from across the world to the university for an intensive week of interdisciplinary activity.

Co-directors Professor Martin Willis, Professor Keir Waddington and Dr Jamie Castell  said:

“Our aim is to generate research that transforms our methodologies and enables us to meet future challenges to our understanding of medicine and health. Fascinating new technological health solutions developed through the relationship between the computer sciences and healthcare indicates there is much we can learn from adopting alternative approaches. Such an examination is at the heart of this new phase of work for the Cardiff ScienceHumanities initiative.”

Based in the Schools of English, Communication and Philosophy and History, Archaeology and Religion, the ScienceHumanities Initiative is working in international partnership with Duke University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory based in North Carolina, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the University of Bremen.

Direct expressions of interest are welcome to the co-directors by email (,, For latest Cardiff ScienceHumanities updates, visit the blog or follow on Twitter.

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