About The New Optimists

We ask scientists “What are you optimistic about?” Over 110 have told us. And we publish what they say.

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81 scientists in The New Optimists; ten in the Kindle Challenging Cancer. Plus free reports, updates, analyses.

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The Forum

The Forum is about Food & Cities: Birmingham 2050 — regional scientists bending their minds on the matter.

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The Narrativium Project @IdeasTap @mac_birmingham

We’re recruiting three bright young creative people to work on the Narrativium Project, the concluding part of our two-year Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project.

To that end, we’ve just posted our recruitment ad on IdeasTap. The deadline is 19th May.

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Spike Walker Image Gallery

Spike Walker

Spike Walker – whose microscope images adorn the cover of The New Optimists – received the 2010 Combined Royal Colleges Medal from the Royal Photographic Society for “outstanding contribution to photography and its application in the service of medicine.”

Among the other many accolades he’s received, he’s also a 24-times Wellcome Image Award winner, the latest awarded in 2012.

You can view a slideshow of some of his amazing photographs in the left hand gallery panel on this home page, and watch this video for some behind the scenes footage of Spike at work in his lab, a converted garage!

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