Public engagement with science can not only inform the public about exciting research, but also help guide the path of the research being conducted. Many researchers are now involved in innovative engagement projects that involve using the skills of artists and makers to help visualise and engage people with their science. Equally, those working in the creative industries such as art, textile and design are becoming interested in how they can use science to inspire their work. Helen Albert speaks to Rhiannon Gregory and Amy Congdon, two young textile designers who are applying their creativity to tackling key scientific issues such as antibiotic resistance and tissue engineering, as well as considering how these techniques could be used to create commercially valuable products. Dr. Lorna Dougan, a physicist and Rhiannon's collaborator also shares her thoughts on art-science collaboration.

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