In September 2004 scientist Anne Osbourn was awarded a ‘Dreamtime Fellowship’ by the National Endowment the Science, Technology and the Arts. The fellowship’s aim was to explore ways that science can more fully connect with the lives and languages of ordinary people.
Anne used her enthusiasm for inspiring schoolchildren about science to develop ‘science, art and writing’ (SAW) projects in local schools. These brought together children, teachers, scientists, writers, artists and the local community, with science as the central theme.
The response was overwhelming, and the schools projects have been in demand across the UK and abroad. With support from the Society in Science Foundation Anne has subsequently set up the SAW Trust – a registered charity that encourages engagement between science and the arts.