How we're using films to discuss science and humanity

Listen to highlights from a recent panel discussion that took place at the Crick - a conversation about memory loss and identity that followed a screening of the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Science on Screen is a mini film festival held regularly at the Crick since 2018. We host evening film screenings alongside panel discussions with Crick colleagues and guest speakers discussing the themes of the films.

I thought the combination of research and lived experience was SO interesting. It is fascinating to hear about the science but also the impact on everyday life. Really brings home the importance of the work.
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Over the years, our speakers have tackled everything from the technology of Black Panther to the gene editing ethics of Gattaca.   

This year, the series was developed with a specific focus on humanity in science, bringing together relevant voices from the Crick with people with lived experience of the topics and films being discussed.

Through screenings of A Beautiful Mind and It’s a Sin, audiences met our panels with specific expertise in psychosis and HIV, including through personal experience.  

Our final screening of this year’s season was developed in partnership with charity Headway East London, which works with people who have survived brain injuries.

In February 2023, Headway East London and the Crick’s Public Engagement team welcomed 350 people to a screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and a panel discussion between neuroscientist Vaughan Bell, Crick researcher Julia Harris, and Dave Mercer, a Headway member who experiences memory loss due to acquired brain injury, facilitated by illustrator and science communicator Hana Ayoob.

The panel discussed how memory forms our identity, how the brain and body store memory, and what happens when someone loses memories or the ability to create new memories. 


This recording includes some of the highlights from the panel discussion and audience Q&A, introduced by Cristina Vidal from the Crick’s Public Engagement team. 

The music in the recording was created by Headway member Jon Barry using the app AUMI.

A transcript is available below.


Interested in hearing more from Headway East London?

Visit Headway's website to find out more about the charity's work.

Illustration of two people with a caption reading 'Please let me keep this memory, just this one' with the Headway East London logo.
Illustration by Headway member and Submit to Love Studios artist Sam Jevon. 

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