- Public engagement: Winning images tour galleries, museums, and libraries across Chicago and Evanston, and represent scientific advances across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, genetics, chemistry, engineering, and nanotechnology.
- Training for scientists: Winning researchers receive public communications training from Science in Society staff, and have opportunities to talk about their work at venues across Chicagoland.
"This program is especially important for children, who may not ever have envisioned themselves as future scientists. Meeting a scientist who is down to earth and shares their background in some way can make a big difference in what they see as possible for themselves.” – Karna Gowda, Applied Mathematician and 2016 Contest Winner
The Scientific Images Contest's first call for images was in 2010. Since then, the contest has evolved to display images at many new venues – including a week-long gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry – and communications training for winning researchers.
“Guests, staff, and volunteers were thrilled to view the scientific images and engage with the researchers. The scientists were welcoming and engaging, which can help break down barriers and make science accessible to museum guests.” – Mandy Bobrow, Special Programs Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry
Visit HELIX magazine to view winning images, or click on the gallery links below:
• In 2016, the contest was featured on Chicago Tonight. Watch the WTTW interview (skip to 36:20).
The next Scientific Images Contest will open for submissions in Spring 2018. The 2017 contest winners will be announced later this year.
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