Portraits of photosynthesis: meet the artist

7:00pm start, Wednesday 28 October

The Atrium

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Highgate resident on yew tree (yellow lichen)

    Credit: Odra Noel
  • Power plant II (spinach leaf)

    Credit: Odra Noel


Free, no ticket required

Event description

Join Odra Noel for a drink and discuss her new exhibition 'Portraits of photosynthesis', at this informal opening night in the Ri's Atrium.

Enter the mysterious Euglena and the glorious blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), the hardy lichens in full bloom and the primordial purple bacteria, which first opened up the way. 

Take a look inside the photosynthetic cell, at the chloroplasts and mitochondria, catch a snapshot of these beautiful organelles where all the action takes place. Then dash down to the roots that ground the plants, making life on Earth (literally) possible. 

Finally, see the colossal remains of photosynthesis past, back from the depths of geological time: the  layered deposits of rusted iron, blood red and black at the bottom of prehistoric oceans, buried witnesses of the time that photosynthesis changed the earth’s atmosphere for ever.

About the speaker

Odra Noel trained as a doctor at the University of the Basque Country and gained a PhD in basic science at the University of London. Her research activities exposed her to cell culture, organ dissection, tissue analysis and morphological studies with both optic and electron microscopes.

Her art training includes a BA degree in aesthetics and music, and a certificate in computing. Her preferred creative mediums are mosaics, tiles and silks.

An enthusiastic interest in scientific art developed as a natural merging of scientific observation and artistic appreciation of the natural world. Her main subjects are healthy human organs and tissues, cell structure and mitochondria.

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