Concrete that can communicate on the agenda at the Lichfield Festival

Dr Mark Miodownik

Dr Mark Miodownik

Innovations in building materials will be on the agenda at a talk as part of the Lichfield Festival.

The Lichfield Science & Engineering Society event, led by Dr Mark Miodownik, says that animate matter is coming – concrete that can communicate when it is about to collapse, smart hip replacements that can self-heal and intelligent wallpaper that changes colour if you become angry.

Most material scientists, Dr Miodownik included, are both excited and apprehensive about the social impact of materials such as these.  One thing is for sure, just as artificial pigments triggered the Impressionist movement in the 19th century, so these new, smart substances are likely to change the nature of art and craft in the 21st century.

This year’s Lichfield Festival Science Lecture will explore the cultural impact of new materials and provide an introduction to the science that underpins future innovations in this area.

The talk takes place on July 15 at 10.30am at the Lichfield Garrick theatre.

Lichfield Science & Engineering Society’s series of lectures aims to show the interaction of the arts and sciences. 

For more information on the event, visit the Lichfield Science & Engineering Society’s website.

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