Postponed: Public lecture: becoming expert - how medicine, science and art can illuminate one another's practices

When and where

6 May 2020
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

Postponed: Public lecture: becoming expert - how medicine, science and art can illuminate one another's practices

Please note that this event has been postponed.

In light of the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the UK, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event. More information regarding this decision can be found here. You will receive an email from the conferences team regarding the postponement. Please contact if you have not received this email.


6pm            Arrival tea and coffee
6.30pm       Lecture
7.30pm       Finish


This lecture explores what it means to become expert, whether in medicine, science or the visual and performing arts. The crucial importance of experts is often overlooked, especially at a time when opportunities to make and to perform are being removed from the school curriculum. Roger Kneebone uses examples from his work with craftsmen and performers in many fields to show how knowledge and insights can be shared across traditional domain boundaries. Roger draws on his collaborations with experts in tailoring, close-up magic and other fields to show how professionals in apparently unrelated areas can learn from one another and enrich the practice of both. Roger concludes his lecture by outlining how medical students and surgeons can benefit by learning from makers, designers and performers - and vice versa.

Professor Roger Kneebone

Roger is a clinician and educationalist whose multidisciplinary research builds on his experience in surgery and general practice and his interests and expertise beyond medicine. He is passionate about engagement in bridging the worlds of clinical practice, biomedical science, patients and society. He leads the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science and the Royal College of Music-Imperial Centre for Performance Science and is Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Roger presents Countercurrent, a fortnightly iTunes podcast featuring 45-minute conversations with people whose interests and careers cross boundaries.