Organised by the University of Westminster, in association with the Lemelson Center, a Smithsonian institution in Washington DC, this public talk will discuss the history of innovation and creativity at both the University of Westminster and the Smithsonians.

After a welcome speech from Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, the keynote address will be made by Dr Arthur Daemmrich, Director of the Lemelson Center. The Lemelson Center leads the study of innovation and invention at the Smithsonian Museum since 1995, and its activities advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work, and nurture creativity in young people. The centre is located in the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. The University of Westminster has a close association with the centre‘s work, particularly regarding the process of innovation, the development of cross-disciplinary studies, and the challenges facing 21st-century cities.

After the talk, there will be a panel discussion with:

  • Dr Arthur Daemmrich
  • Tricia Edwards (Head of Education, Lemelson Center)
  • Sharon Ament (Director, Museum of London)
  • Stian Westlake (Executive Director, Policy and Research, Nesta)

The panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Alexandra Warwick, Head of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. The discussion will be followed by a reception.

To book your place or for further information, contact Alan Morrison, Coordinator of the Smithsonian-Westminster Colloquium.

Programme

6pm

  • Tea/coffee

6.30pm

  • Introduction to the forum: Alan Morrison, Coordinator of the Smithsonian-Westminster Colloquium.
  • Welcome: Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Westminster.
  • Keynote address: Dr Arthur Daemmrich, Director of the Lemelson Center.
  • Panel discussion: Dr Daemmrich; Tricia Edwards, Head of Education, Lemelson Center; Sharon Ament, Director, Museum of London; Stian Westlake, Executive Director, Policy and Research, Nesta. Chair: Professor Alexandra Warwick, Head of Department of English, Linguistics & Cultural Studies, University of Westminster.
  • The panel discussion will invite questions and comments from the audience.
  • Closing remarks and thanks: Professor Alexandra Hughes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement.
  • Drinks reception in the foyer.