Art in Science Competition

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Submit your art by the 4th of May 2019 online!!!

Prizes include a £150 Amazon gift card and a formal dinner!

SIU’s Art in Science Competition 

“Do You See What I See?”

Sponsored by ONI

Scientific research leads to discoveries and innovation and very little is possible without creativity. When creative minds come together, new gateways into research can be opened. Connecting diverse communities of scientists is one of the missions of the Science Innovation Union (SIU).
The SIU is hosting our first ever Art in Science Competition among scientists with the support of Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI). ONI are pioneers of super resolution microscopy, and share the belief that cutting-edge science should be accessible to everyone.
Scientists from all disciplines; biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, statistics and engineering work with visual information every day. We want you to display the art in your science in the form of scientific images, photographs and digital art. This can be structural formular, flow diagrams, network graphs, scatter plots, protein models, photographs of gels, microscope images, or anything else you can think of!
This is a great opportunity to showcase your research in the form of artwork and let other scientists see what you see!

Event and winner announcement - 10th of May 2019 in Oxford

The winners will be announced at the final event on May 10th, 2019, complete with drinks and nibbles as always! Event details, including time and location, will be announced closer to the event date.

This event, we will be joined by ONI, who will be giving us a short talk about their advances in portable technology and its potential significance in science. Representatives from ONI will also attend the formal dinner.

About ONI (

ONI's goal is to bring the most advanced fluorescence microscopy methods to a whole new community of researchers, for whom such experiments may previously have been inaccessible. In this way, we can realize the full potential of single-molecule fluorescence for understanding cells and combatting disease at the molecular level. Our flagship product, the Nanoimager, has miniaturised Nobel Prize winning technology to provide researchers with the tools to unveil nanometric structures that were previously invisible.

As always, this competition and subsequent event are FREE to enter and attend!

*Terms and Conditions

We will be shortlisting four of the best entries for the following categories:
1. Best Scientific Impact
2. Best Visual Impact
3. Best Technology
4. Best Humoristic
5. People’s Choice

Each participant may submit a maximum of five entries, accompanied by no more than a 150-word description (more detail in the description part above).
Group entry welcome.

• Pictures can be processed and modified before uploading. Feel free to briefly mention which modification you made
(colour change, adding details, removing details, software used if relevant, etc….)
• File format accepted is JPG, JPEG and PNG.
• Pictures should have a high resolution, if possible. Max 50 MB per picture.
• It is expected that the user possesses full ownership and copyright of the uploaded material.
• SIU has the full authority to ban participants from the contest if there is suspicion about all forms of fraud. This also
applies for pornographic, insulting, abusing, humiliating, incorrect and deceptive content that violates the copyright.
Moreover, participants are not allowed to identify with false personal information.
• SIU is eligible to publish on its website all pictures, fully acknowledging the person that has submitted the art work.

Entries are scored by a panel of judges based on how well they highlight the connection between artistic and scientific perceptions of reality.

Winners must be present at the event in order to collect their prize. If the winners are not present during the ceremony, the prize will be forfeited and given to the next best work chosen.

Top 4 finalists will be notified via email. The 5th finalist will be decided on the day.
Invite friends and colleagues to support you.