The same scientific research that generates new understanding and innovation also brings unexpected and often breathtaking beauty. Northwestern University's annual scientific images contest, "Capturing the Beauty of Science," celebrates and showcases the aesthetic side of research.
Submitted by Northwestern University researchers, these images represent advances across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, genetics, chemistry, engineering, and nanotechnology. Judged by an interdisciplinary panel of local artists, scientists and community leaders, each image comes from a Northwestern research project and cannot be fundamentally altered from its original form. In essence, the images represent both scientific data and art.
The winning images have been displayed throughout the Chicagoland area, including WBEZ's studio on Navy Pier, Harold Washington Library, Evanston Public Library, the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, WBEZ's North Side Community Bureau and the Evanston Arts Center.
The contest also serves as a science communications training platform by offering winning scientists the opportunity to participate in outreach events at local schools, libraries, and community centers. Hear more about the project in this WTTW interview (skip to 36:20).
Visit HELIX magazine to view winning images, or click on the gallery links below:
To purchase fine art and canvas prints of your favorite images, visit our online store on Imagekind:
Download the "Beauty of Science" app from the iTunes Store
Click here for the app support page