Alex Garcia-Topete

University of Texas at Dallas

Alex has had extensive experience writing and directing for film and television, both in the U.S. and his native Mexico since 2005. His passions for storytelling and filmmaking have been the main driving force of his career and life. Those were also the inspirations to shoot his first feature, TRIPPERS, under the tenets of “mumblecore” films and with virtually no budget, and from his love of “old Hollywood” and genre movies and female-driven stories came VAMPS, BLOOD & SMOKING GUNS, a vampire film noir. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Vimeo and YouTube.

Annick Bureaud


Annick Bureaud is an independent art critic, curator and event organiser, researcher and teacher in art and technosciences. She is the director of Leonardo/Olats (, European sister organisation to Leonardo/Isast ( She wrote numerous articles and contribute to the French contemporary art magazine Art Press. She is the co-editor of the collection of essays Connexions : art, réseaux, media (Ensba Press, 2002) and the author of Les Basiques : l’art « multimédia », introductory book to new media art (Leonardo/Olats, 2004). She organised many symposia, conferences and workshops among which Artmedia VIII: From Aesthetics of Communication to Net Art, Paris, 2002 and Visibility – Legibility of Space Art. Art and Zero Gravity: The Experience of Parabolic Flight, projet in collaboration between Leonardo/Olats and the International Festival @rt Outsiders, Paris, 2003. In 2009, she co-curated the exhibition (Un)Inhabitable? Art of Extreme Environments, Festival @rt Outsiders, MEP/European House of Photography, Paris. In 2012, she was the curator of the work Tales of a Sea Cow by Etienne de France at the PAV in Torino, Italy. She taught in several art schools and universities in France (Aix-en-Provence art school, Eesi – European School of Visual Arts, Poitiers) and abroad (she has been guest lecturer at the School of the Art Institute Chicago/SAIC in 1999 and at the University of Quebec in Montreal/UQAM in 2001).

Harvey Seifter

Harvey Seifter, one of the world's leading authorities on arts-based learning and organizational creativity, is founder and director of The Art of Science Learning (AOSL), a National Science Foundation-funded initiative that uses the arts to spark creativity and innovation in science, technology, engineering and education. As Principal Investigator of AOSL's two NSF grants, Harvey developed world's first arts-based STEM innovation curriculum and created incubators for innovation in cities across the country. The groundbreaking experimental research he spearheaded found evidence of a causal relationship between arts-based learning and improved creativity skills, more robust collaborative behaviors and enhanced innovation outcomes. At GE's Crotonville Global Leadership Development Center, Harvey teaches innovation, helping senior leaders collaborate more effectively and adapt to complex environments. His other clients have included IBM, AstraZeneca, Siemens, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Takeda, Thrivent and the Smithsonian Institution. Harvey is also a classically trained musician with a 20 -year career at the helm of distinguished arts organizations including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New York's Circle in the Square Theater on Broadway. During his tenure, these organizations garnered 5 Grammy Awards, 24 Obie and Critics Circle Awards and the Kennedy Center Award; while bringing innovative programming to millions of viewers and listeners worldwide. In 2001, Harvey wrote Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra (Holt/Times Books), translated into nine languages. He also co-edited Arts Based Learning for Business (2005) and Creatively Intelligent Companies and Leaders (2010), both special issues of the Journal of Business Strategy. Harvey has participated in the White House Global Cultural Initiative; received fellowships from the Goethe Institute, Asian Cultural Council and the IBM Foundation; served as a panelist for both the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; and recently completed a decade of service on the International Advisory Council of the Banff Leadership Center in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Art and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM learning at Oregon State University and serves as Visiting Associate Professor of Design Management at Pratt Institute.

Haytham Nawar

American University of Cairo

Haytham Nawar is an artist, designer, and researcher who currently lives and works in Cairo. He is Assistant Professor and Director of the Graphic Design program, Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo. He is the founder and director of the Cairotronica, Cairo Electronic, and New Media Arts Festival. Nawar received his Ph.D. from the Planetary Collegium, Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, School of Art and Media – University of Plymouth. He holds a Masters of Advanced Studies ZFH in Spatial Design, Institute of Design & Technology, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland and an MFA in New Media and BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt. He is a Fulbright alumni. Since 1999, he has participated in several international exhibitions, biennales, and triennials, the latest of which was Venice Biennial in 2015. Nawar won awards and acquisitions nationally and internationally in Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Portugal, Kuwait, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Syria, UAE and the United States.

Jane Prophet

Goldsmiths College, Univerisity of London

Professor Jane Prophet is a visual artist and theorist in the Computing Dept. at Goldsmiths College. University of London. Her practice-based research and writing emerges through collaborations with life scientists such as neuroscientists, stem cell researchers, mathematicians and heart surgeons. Recent exhibitions include Modelling Psychoses, comprising twenty-two new works including fetish garments, photographs and a video installation that explored emotional isomorphism and psychotic writing, shown as part of Posthumanist Desire at MoCA Taipei. She has made a series of works addressing contemporary landscape and sustainability, including site-specific light-based installations such as Conductor, a flooded power station lit with luminescent cables and Counterbalance, an outdoor installation in rural Australia addressing climate change. Decoy and The Landscape Room combine images of real and simulated landscapes, and Model Landscapes includes miniature trees made from mathematical data.

Joao Silveira

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

João Silveira is a dancer and researcher in art-science. With experience of over 25 years on tours around the world and 4000 career shows. Born in southern Brazil in 1980, João started to dance at the age of 10. His professional life as a dancer began when he was 14 years old, performing in shows, creating choreographies and teaching dance classes. Since then, he has built up a very consistent career participating in both national and international productions, always mixing in boleadoras, folkloric ballet, tap, percussion, traditional music, electronic music and any other style that could improve his performance. The United States, Argentina, France, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, and Romania are some of the countries where he has already shown his work as well as more than 300 cities throughout Brazil. João Silveira is also a pharmacist. With his multidisciplinary background in art and science, João is studying the "Art, artist and artistic interaction with science". The goal is to investigate how interactions between art and science occur, and what are the results of these two fields having dialogue based on a contemporary investigation of projects in Brazil, France, and the United States. This work has been presented in several universities such as Harvard, MIT, Ryerson University and Imperial College London. João is a member of the Sociedad del Rayo – Comité Internacional de Arte, Ciência y Tecnologia (Core founder – Colombia) and Art & Science Collaborations (ASCI).

Julia Buntaine

Rutgers University

Julia Buntaine is a neuroscience-based visual artist, director of SciArt Center, and editor in chief of SciArt Magazine. Buntaine attained her BA in neuroscience and sculpture from Hampshire College, her post-baccalaureate certificate in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in Amherst, New York City, Baltimore, Seattle, Madison, Princeton, London, Toronto, Knokke, and others. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of Johns Hopkins University. She also teaches, consults, curates, and frequently writes about art, and is currently the Innovator-in-Residence at Rutgers University and a visiting artist at Lafayette College. Buntaine lives and works in New York City.

Laurie Baefsky

A2RU, University of Michigan

Laurie Baefsky has developed and led arts integrated educational initiatives for over 15 years. As executive director of ArtsEngine and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) housed at the University of Michigan, she works locally and nationally to support and strengthen arts and transdisciplinary arts endeavors in higher education. She is currently PI on a three-year Mellon Foundation-supported research initiative, SPARC — Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula.

Lucinda Presley

Lucinda Presley integrates the fine arts and creative thinking with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM to STEAM) in school and museum settings. She is Executive Director of the Institute where Creativity Empowers Education Success (ICEE), which uses the arts and creative thinking skills to promote STEM engagement, learning, and 21st century problem-solving skills. Ms. Presley works nationally and internationally, developing school and museum programming, writing curriculum, and training teachers. She works extensively with: The Exploratorium in San Francisco; The Exploratorium’s Playful and Inventive Exploration (PIE) project; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Arizona State University’s Mars Education Program, Britain’s art/science/creativity initiative, Ignite, the Canadian Philip Beesley Hylozoic Ground art/science/creativity project, The Leonardo art/science/technology museum in Salt Lake City, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching. With over 25 years’ experience in writing curriculum and developing programming for schools and museums, she has led STEAM education initiatives and teacher/artist training for a science museum, an art museum, and a national arts provider. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is an adjunct instructor of art at a local community college

Meredith Tromble

San Francisco Art Institute

Meredith Tromble is an artist and writer working at the intersections of art, science, and technology. The most recent works in her wide-ranging ouvre are performative interventions revealing psychological aspects of sustainability. Her writing practice began as a regular artist commentator for KQED-FM; she has since published in journals ranging fromFoundations of Chemistry and Leonardo to Artweek and Aspect, co-created and edited five art magazines, and edited a book on Lynn Hershman Leeson published by the University of California Press. Her many public lectures include appearances at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Tate Britain, and the University of Caldas in Colombia.

Paul Thomas

University of New South Wales

Dr Paul Thomas is professor in the fine arts program at UNSW Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2010,2012 and 2014. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002, 2004. Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary practice. His art work takes not only inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. Thomas’s current practice is in collaboration with Associate Professor Andrea Morello, Quantum Nanosystems, UNSW, looking at the probability of the electrons superposition in the development of quantum computing. Thomas’s previous projects investigated silver, the mirror and quantum theories of light and parallel universes in the work Multiverse. Thomas’s nanoart works ‘Nanoessence’ explored the space between life and death at a nano level and Midas’ was researching what is transferred when skin touched gold. The Midas and Nanoessence installations were in collaboration with SymbioticA, Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia and the Nanochemistry Research Institute, (NRI) Curtin University of Technology. Thomas has exhibited nationally and Internationally and his current publications are Nanoart; The immateriality of art and Relive Media Art Histories, co-edited with Sean Cubitt.

Robert Root-Bernstein

University of Michigan

Robert Root-Bernstein received his AB in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in History of Science from Princeton University. He did post-doctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he was awarded one of the first MacArthur Fellowships. A Professor in the Physiology Department at Michigan State University since 1987, Bob studies the evolution of physiological control systems and autoimmune diseases, as well as science-arts interactions. In his spare time, Bob makes various forms of visual art, practices photography, and builds models. He has participated in several group shows.

Sharath Chandra Ram

University of Texas at Dallas

Sharath Chandra Ram’s (Sharathchandra Ramakrishnan) practice and research interests lie at the intersection of law, technology and society with a focus on Open Education (Open Science and Open Hardware), Open Spectrum, Citizen Science and ICT4D. As a licensed amateur radio broadcaster (callsign: VU3HPA), he is actively interested in communication policy research, radio astronomy, extends his art-science practice as a transmission artist and has installed his sound and multimedia work in several national and international avenues. He is also an international partner and co-organizer of the International Summit on Critical and Transformative Making held in Indonesia. He engages actively with the local open source and research community at the Centre for Internet and Society and organizes the annual NASA International Open Data Challenge at Bangalore.He is currently Faculty at the Srishti Instiute of Art Design and Technology at the Centre for Experimental Media Art and the Information Arts and Information Design Practices (IAIDP) Program. Previously he has worn many transdicslipnary hats from being a Research Associate at the Cognitive Neuroscience Centre at NIMHANS Bangalore, a Software Engineer, to Radio Journalism and specialized in HCI and Virtual Environments at the University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics.

Yvan Tina

University of Texas at Dallas, University of Aix-Marseille

Yvan Tina is a PhD candidate at The University of Aix-Marseille and at The University of Texas at Dallas where he is investigating the possible convergences of artificial life and biotechnologies with the performance arts. Yvan Tina holds an M.A in cultural mediation of arts and a B.A in theater studies.