We are Pippa Goldschmidt, Gill Haddow, Fadhila Mazanderani and Thokozani Kamwendo.

Dr. Pippa Goldschmidt is a literary writer with a Ph.D. in astronomy and is currently Writer in Residence at the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies group at the University of Edinburgh. Her work sits at the intersection of science and literature, and she has extensive experience in designing and facilitating workshops that combine different academic disciplines, fiction writers, and poets to be inspired by and learn from each other. She is the key liaison person with the creative writers who have been invited to attend the workshop and has successfully led a bid to Creative Scotland to support the creative writers’ involvement. Pippa is the author of the novel ‘The Falling Sky’, the short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ and co-editor (with Tania Hershman) of the anthology ‘I Am because You Are’.

Dr. Gill Haddow is Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh. Haddow is a medical sociologist who explores new and emerging biomedical technologies informed by conceptual interests in embodiment, identity, and relationships. Since 2013, she has been working on the project ‘Animal, Mechanical and Me: The Search for Replaceable Hearts’, funded by a Wellcome Trust University Award: https://animalmechanicalandme.com. She is actively involved in public engagement and has a specific interest in combining the arts within sociological research and dissemination. This has included a number of collaborative projects with patients, visual artists, animators, filmmakers and young people.

Dr. Fadhila Mazanderani is Chancellor’s Fellow, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh. Mazanderani is a medical sociologist whose work to date has focused on patient experiences and digital technologies. She has a particular interest in the different ways people articulate experiences of health and illness, be this through stories, forum posts, videos or images. Her current research looks at transnational patient activism, the shifting parameters of contemporary patienthood, and digital technologies in healthcare.

Dr. Thokozani Kamwendo is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant for both the Uncanny Bodies project and the ‘Animal, Mechanical and Me: The Search for Replaceable Hearts’ project. Her research interests are in the history and sociology of science. More specifically she is interested in the processes that guide the making of social scientific knowledge (especially psychological knowledge), and the effect of that knowledge on the world. Her thesis was a sociological history of the making of the Heuristics and Biases Programme and behavioural economics.