Call Out for Scientists for The Lab (Fuel and QMUL)

Posted on: 1st May 2020

Fuel and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are seeking proposals from scientists whose research focuses on Global and Public Health to take part in a virtual residency with a curated pool of artists, resulting in 3 new creative projects that engage the public in their research.


Fuel and QMUL celebrate their ongoing collaborative partnership developing artistic projects inspired and informed by leading academic research by producing The Lab.  Responding to the core agenda of Fuel’s long-standing Sustaining Excellence Partner, Wellcome Trust, all projects will discuss public and global health. 

As a result of immediate cancellation of the creation and presentation of live performance projects internationally, The Lab aims to take advantage of the availability of extraordinary artists and scientists as well as providing opportunities to sustain creative work when it is needed most. 

The Lab invites researchers from UK and beyond to share their work and interests with project curators: Fuel and Dr Magda Osman (QMUL). 10 scientists will have the opportunity to pitch ideas to a curated pool of live / visual / digital / audio artists in a series of virtual thinktanks. Successful new partnerships will be offered £150 for one paid day to develop a treatment for  a new remote artistic work.  3  projects will be offered a paid commissions by Fuel and QMUL who will provide bespoke producing support to ensure each project is delivered to a high standard to an engaged audience.   

All activity will take place between June and September 2020. A full project timeline is available on the downloadable The Lab Call Out Information Pack


We are inviting scientists who work in the following three broad areas of research to submit a proposal that describes their work so that we can coordinate them with artists to develop a creative project to be shared with interested new audiences. A breakdown of research areas can be found on the downloadable Call Out Information Pack.

Global Health – with special emphasis on infectious diseases

Global Health – with special emphasis on implementation science

Public Health – with special emphasis regarding risk communication

*These calls do not specifically refer to COVID-19, in fact, we have deliberately made the details broad enough so we encourage researchers to apply that have research focused on a variety of infectious diseases (incl. Ebola, MERS, Zika, Nipah, and superbug strains (e.g. malaria superbug) associated with antimicrobial resistance(AMR)).*