Introducing Shine

Hello everyone! Here is our first blog post, to introduce the Shine Project. This project was born during a rehearsal weekend of the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra, when astronomer and oboist Anne-Marie Weijmans started talking with conductor and trumpeter Bede Williams about the upcoming International Year of Light 2015. Would it not be a great idea to celebrate this with a concert inspired by light? And would it not also be great to have different science experiments around, so that the audience can not only listen to light-inspired music, but also see for themselves how much light and sound have in common? After all, they are both wave phenomena. This idea grew, and grew, we got local artist Tim Fitzpatrick on board, and we are now proud to present Shine: a celebration of the International Year of Light in St Andrews with Science, Art and Music.

We have several activities planned throughout the year for you to get inspired by light in all its forms, and we keep these listed on our Calendar page. You will see more and more events added there, as the International Year of Light is taking shape. For instance, next week, on Monday 23 February, you will find us at the International Year of Light Launch Event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. We will be in the Scott Room with experiments that will allow you to hear the faint echoing hum of the Big Bang, and to see if you can compose your own music with pulsars. Do drop by, or visit us at any of our other events!

Shine logo development







About Anne-Marie Weijmans

I am a reader in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews, and the data release coordinator of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. My research is on galaxies, but here you will see me mostly as project manager of Shine. I hold an STFC Leadership Fellowship in Public Engagement.
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