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Karolina Zakarauskaitė

I recently graduated BSc(Hons) Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, where I carried out a research on plasticity of human visual perception and worked on Drosophila model of Alzheimer’s disease. I am writing poetry and dream-like short stories with hardly relatable scenes appearing together, and aim to attend every exhibition opening in my town. Neuroscience degree and the mentioned aspirations have caused my interest in transdisciplinary practices and research. In particular, neural correlates of creativity, its translation to educational practices, existing theories spanning arts, science and technologies, the field of neuroaesthetics and the prospects of arts being used as therapies or screenings for neurological disorders.

In a year time I plan to realize my science-arts-public engagement event idea, involving exhibition of evolving artists who draw their inspiration from science, popular science lectures by leading scientists, and a dance performance, drawing on the phenomenon of synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration. The aim of the event is to send 'Use it or lose it' message to the public, and to lower the gap between artistic and scientific communities.