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  • Barbara Folegati Barbara Folegati

    Kitchen Manager and Chef

    Barbara is the Kitchen Manager and Chef in the Pixton House kitchen.

  • Deborah Gravelle-Watts Deborah Gravelle-Watts

    Head of Educational Administration

    Deborah Gravelle-Watts ensures that Emerson's educational administration is transparent, clear and consistent.

  • Francesca Profeti Francesca Profeti

    House Manager

    Previously a student at Emerson College, Francesca returned recently to take over as House Manager, ensuring the smooth running of the Emerson College household.

  • Steve Briault Steve Briault

    Director of Development

    Steve supports and coordinates the development of the Emerson Living and Learning Community and is responsible for the College’s capital assets and finances.

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  • Trude Lauksund Trude Lauksund

    Lead Gardener

    Emerson`s biodynamic vegetable gardener, has been running the edible garden since September 2016.

  • Udo Ottow Udo Ottow

    Head of Site Management

    Udo manages the maintenance of Emerson's buildings and campus, as well as taking a hands-on role in much of the maintenance work.

  • Yvette Dellsperger Yvette Dellsperger

    Director of Operations

    Yvette Dellsperger manages Emerson's facilities and works with the house team to give all those staying at the College have a warm and comfortable experience.

Dr Philip Kilner

Goetheanism Course

About Philip Kilner

After studying medicine and working as a junior doctor, Philip lived and worked in Camphill communities, and in Klinik Oeschelbronn in Germany. From childhood, he had been as drawn to art as to natural science. He began to appreciate the synergies between them more fully as he was introduced to Goethean science. He attended a summer school with Jochen Bockemuehl and studied sculpture and flow with John Wilkes and Rudolf Kaesbach at Emerson College (1979-80). The shaping of rhythmically moving streams in ‘Flowforms’ led to his enduring interest in the human heart. Having devised and filmed flow demonstrations relevant to heart function, he was awarded a British Heart Foundation grant to research fluid dynamics in relation to heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. This work contributed to the development of ‘total cavo-pulmonary connection’, a streamlined variant, now practiced worldwide, of ‘Fontan’ surgery for children born with one instead of two effective ventricles in the heart.

In 1988 he moved to Royal Brompton Hospital and the National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College, London, to continue heart research and diagnostic imaging by cardiovascular magnetic resonance. His PhD on ‘The morphodynamics of flow through the heart’ led to a paper published in the journal Nature and laid a foundation for his on-going studies of heart form and movement. After 30 years of work in London hospitals and now based at Emerson College, Philip’s attention is broadening to questions of flowing form, transformations and inter-relationships in organisms, our environment, and in the visual arts and geometry.

Two contributions that Philip has made to BBC broadcasts are accessible online:

Two minute extract from "Heart versus mind: what makes us human?"

"What scientists believe": 28 minute audio, interviewed by Stephen Webster


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