Wednesday 10 October 2018–
Friday 12 October 2018

The Symposium schedule will be available in mid-August. Stay tuned!

Registrations opening soon.
Originally instigated by artist, Mary Rosengren and CSIRO host partner, Cris Kennedy, following their 2011 ANAT Synapse art/science residency, Spectra 2012 was held at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra, and brought together some of Australia’s leading artists and scientists discussing the use of images and data in the studio and the laboratory.

Papers from Spectra 2012 can be seen here.


Collaboration between the arts and sciences has been seen to contribute to the creation of knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial across disciplines. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.

Spectra explores this increasing convergence of art and science and considers how each area impacts the other and how, together, they shed light on who we are and where we’re heading.

At the very heart of Spectra is our desire to showcase and celebrate the vanguard of Australian and New Zealand artists who continue to lead the world in experimental and interdisciplinary arts practice.

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for papers for the Spectra 2018 symposium from artists, scientists, researchers and postgraduate students working in the field of art and science collaboration.

Submissions must be made via the Spectra Easychair portal by 29 June 2018, here.

Download details for the submission of abstracts here.

Academic committee

More information coming soon.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr Jill Scott

Australia / Switzerland

Recently returned to Australia, Dr Jill Scott is Professor Emerita for Art and Science Research in the Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts, ZhdK, in Zürich and founder of its Artists-in-Labs program. She is Vice Director of the Z-Node art/science program at the University of Plymouth, UK, a board member of ISEA International, the author of eight books on art/science, and an internationally acclaimed artist whose work engages deeply with neuroscience, environmental science and cultural studies.

Additional keynote speakers will be confirmed shortly.