Research as Art exhibition goes on display in Texas

Stunning images and the fascinating stories behind them are to go on show in Texas, including an exhibition at one of the world’s most prestigious scientific gatherings.

The Research as Art competition celebrates the diversity and beauty of research at Swansea University – a top 30 research university - and the creativity and impact of its researchers.

It is the only competition of its kind, open to researchers from all subjects, and with an emphasis on telling the research story, as well as composing a striking image.

Winning pictures from Research as Art are to be put on public display at the conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is one of the biggest scientific events in the world, as part of their Family Science Days.

  • The Family Science Days at the AAAS conference are on 17 and 18 February
  • The pictures are also to be exhibited at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Houston, two high-ranking institutions which are linked with Swansea as part of the Texas strategic partnership.   

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Picture:  Research as Art 2017: winning entry: Bioblocks: building for nature (Dr Ruth Callaway). It shows how children and researchers explored ways in which the tidal lagoon proposed for Swansea Bay could become a new habitat for marine creatures. 

See the winning pictures from Research as Art 2017

Research as Art has been displayed at the Royal Institution in London, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific organisations. The competition has also featured on some of Europe’s biggest news sites, including the BBC and The Guardian.   

Research as Art competition founder Dr Richard JohnstonAssociate Professor in materials science at Swansea University, said:  

“Research as Art shows the beauty and diversity of Swansea University research. It’s great to have the chance to share some of the winning entries with new audiences in Texas, including at the AAAS meeting, one of the world’s largest scientific gatherings.

The competition has always been aimed at engaging the public, not just other researchers.  That’s why I’m very pleased that our exhibition at the AAAS conference will be open to all, as part of the family science days.

We’ll be asking people what they think about the pictures and stories and bringing their comments back to our researchers in Swansea to help improve the way we communicate research.

Our events at University of Texas Austin and the University of Houston will help strengthen our existing links with both institutions.”  

Dr Johnston explained why Research as Art was such a powerful tool for sharing research:

“The competition is an opportunity for researchers to reveal their personal story, their humanity, their inspiration, and emotion. 

It can also be a way of presenting their research process, and what it means to be a researcher; fostering dialogue, and dissolving barriers between universities and the wider world."

Watch:  the winners of Research as Art 2015 show and talk about their entries

More information about Research as Art

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