How are our faces constructed? How does your face differ from other faces? What do you look like in another dimension? These questions are all explored in Me in 3D, an exciting new event that’s open from 11 January until 10 April at the Science Museum in London.
The craniofacial team from Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Science Museum, University College Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute have joined up to launch a new project to create the largest database of face shapes in the world.
Participants have their photograph taken in 3D and the results form part of a database of images used to help the treatment of patients with facial disfigurement.
The event at the Science Museum will run from 11 January until 10 April in the Live Science area on the first floor of the Wellcome Wing. Visitors can volunteer to have their photograph taken using the latest 3D imaging technology and explore what their faces look like in another dimension.
The project is part of the Science Museum’s ongoing Live Science programme, where visitors can volunteer to take part in real experiments conducted by visiting scientists.
Priya Umachandran, Contemporary Science Developer at the Science Museum said, “The Science Museum thrives on engaging visitors in the latest contemporary science issues and our Live Science programme lets visitors meet the experts and involves the public directly in cutting-edge research which has an impact upon all of us.”
Dr Chris Abela, Senior Craniofacial Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “We know a lot about the bones in our faces but little is known about what makes our face the shape it is and about the skin and muscles that make up our face. By collecting as many 3D face photographs as we can we will have a greater understanding of our complex faces, and have greater knowledge to plan and perform the best facial surgery in the future. This is a really exciting event and we want as many children, young people and adults to come and see themselves in 3D.”
The experiments are FREE and open to all visitors and no booking is required. For more information visit http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/mein3d. The Science Museum is open daily 10am to 6pm on Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD