Symposium: Animation and Science - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Symposium: Animation and Science

Animation is used throughout science to convey scientific data in an engaging and efficient way, condensing information and disentangling complex ideas so that a wide audience can acquire vital knowledge. From infographics and commercials to art films and rhetoric, science uses animation to communicate results to the public and peers as well as help scientists in the research process.
In the Symposium: Animation and Science, which was put together in collaboration with the University College of Volda, Norwegian and UK academics will debate and highlight the contribution of animation as a medium to science communication. Remote from London, the animation producer Abigail Addison and Professor Serge Mostowy will discuss their experience of using animation to communicate findings of advanced sciences. The symposium is moderated by Dr. Samantha Moore.


Serge Mostowy

Professor Serge Mostowy is a Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, Wellcome Beit and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. He studied physics (B.Sc.), evolution (M.Sc.), and microbiology and immunology (Ph.D.) at McGill University, Canada. After postdoctoral work on the cell biology of infection at Institut Pasteur in France, he moved to Imperial College London in 2012 to start a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship. In 2018 Serge was appointed professor of cellular microbiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where his lab investigates novel roles for the cytoskeleton in innate immunity. The Mostowy lab has also developed the zebrafish as an important model to study the cell biology of infection and the therapeutic potential of targeting the cytoskeleton in vivo.

Samantha Moore

Samantha Moore is a UK-based, international award-winning animation director. She loves the joyfulness and eclectic nature of animation. No one ever finds animation intimidating, and yet it can convey complex ideas to a wide audience in an engaging way. Sam has worked on diverse subjects, from competitive sweet-pea growing, to cutting edge microbiology, archaeology, neuroscience, and her own experience of having twins. Sam is currently working on a short animated magical realist fairy tale about dysentery, A Language of Shapes (2022) funded by a Wellcome Trust award and made in collaboration with the Mostowy microbiology lab at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Sam teaches part-time, as an Associate Professor in animation at University College Volda (Norway) as well as Senior Tutor (Research) in animation at the Royal College of Art (UK).

Ellie Land

Ellie Land is a British animation director, researcher and senior lecturer. Her award-winning animated documentary films screen internationally at film festivals and exhibitions. Recently, her work on the feature film Irene’s Ghost was nominated for a BIFA Award in 2018 and was cited as one of the best films of 2019 by the Guardian. Her work on the short-animated documentary Bathroom Privileges for the BFI won the AHRC Research in Film (Animation) Award 2020. She is currently working on a pilot 360 documentary project called Menopause Realities with ForwardSlash Films. Ellie is programme leader of animation B.A. at Northumbria University. She is the co-convener of the animation practice as research symposium and special interest group for the Society for Animation Studies and on the editorial board for the “Animation Practice, Process and Production” journal. She is the co-founder of

Abigail Addison

Abigail is a producer, programmer, and director of animate projects, a UK-based agency producing award-winning, innovative and experimental films. She has produced shorts for Channels 4’s Random Acts; Silent Signal, a large-scale touring art & science project; and Untold Tales, micro-animations for Instagram. Abigail also co-produced the BAFTA-nominated I’m OK by Elizabeth Hobbs with the National Film Board of Canada. She programmes for Edinburgh International Film Festival and London International Animation Festival.