Six comedy screenwriters were selected to connect and collaborate with experts, be inspired by the latest scientific developments, and explore future film ideas.

Building on the success of the 2015 and 2016 programmes, this Lab will cover some of the major topics in contemporary life science, and expose participants to the cutting edge research that is analysing our minds, changing our bodies, and shaping our world.

Led by story editor Kate Leys, the day of discussions aims to inspire future stories for film about scientific research, to encourage participants to think differently about what science in film can look like and to explore the benefits of collaboration.

The Lab will provide writers with:

  • Opportunities to meet scientists and researchers and explore their work
  • Explorations of how collaborations and conversations with researchers can inspire stories in film
  • Opportunities to discuss and develop story ideas
  • A chance to discuss film ideas with Wellcome and explore potential development funding.

Confirmed writers include:

  • Henrietta Ashworth
  • Jessica Ashworth
  • Kate Herron
  • Christine Robertson
  • Jessica Knappett
  • Stewart Thomson

Confirmed researchers include:

  • Dr Thomas Bak
  • Chris Mowatt
  • Dr Peter Gwynne
  • Ronan Harrington
  • Rebecca Bengtsson
  • Prof Michael Shaver
About the partners

Wellcome is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. As part of its strategy for engaging audiences, the Trust runs a programme of activities which connect writers and film-makers with biomedical science and humanities research to inspire future stories which explore the human condition.

The Beltane Public Engagement Network (Beltane) is a network for people interested in making academic research accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Beltane are providing access to the best researchers in the region and facilitating access to behind-the-scenes at the research labs. The Beltane is supported by four Edinburgh universities: the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.