Dr Zoe Laughlin

Director, Institute of Making, UCL


Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making – a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities.

She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King’s College London.

Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A, the Design Museum and the Wellcome Collection. Zoe also appeared regularly on the BBC Radio 4 panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet and presents television programmes for the BBC.

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