It’s beautiful, the Swiss flag!
Nineteen works have won the international jury for the 2023 Swiss National Fund for Science Image Competition.
A shot of the transparent abdomen of a glass frog wins first prize in the ‘Subject of Study’ category. Taken by Francesca Angiolani-Laria, a doctoral student at the University of Bern, this image won the jury its “simple and effective composition” that offers “a fascinating and innovative point of view.”
Francesca Angiolani Larrea
Raphael Barmack, PhD student at EPFL, wins the “Places and Tools” category with an image documenting an electronic device developed to study bees. For the jury, “High Quality Picture” takes us “into a new bio-hybrid world where the natural meets the artificial.”
First prize in the Women and Men of Science category was awarded to Maria Francesca Petrucci, PhD student in Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bern, for her self-portrait taken alongside Minipig. According to the jury, the veterinarian’s “tender and benevolent gesture softens the sometimes tense subject of animal experimentation” in a picture that “brilliantly reveals the seldom-seen part of emotion in science.”
Maria Francesca Petrucci
Among his accolades was this amazing visualization of the cerebrospinal fluid around the optic nerve. This supercomputer simulation reveals how cerebrospinal fluid flows around the optic nerve (the latter running through the center of the annulus has been removed for clarity).
Diego Roscinelli, Gata Berberat and Gil Foresti
Maize root microbiome. Maize root extracts were deposited on plates filled with agar-agar—a growth medium—in order to grow the bacteria that colonized them.
Learn roulette. The gecko must locate the food in a vertically or horizontally placed maze.
Francesca Angiolani Larrea
High stakes in medical history. This photo was taken at the Hôpital Saint-Louis Museum-Bibliotheca in Paris. It includes a collection of books related to the history of medicine and skin diseases, many of which are out of print and very rare.
Alexander Wenger and Radu Socio
The wandering eye. A microscopic eye surgeon trains a technique on an artificial eye.
wheat harvest. The research station for plant sciences at ETH Zurich in Eschikon (ZH) includes a virtual open-field imaging platform (kp.ethz.ch/FIP). It is equipped with high-tech devices, including a rope-carrying system, drones, and agricultural robots.
organized chaos. Monitors, cables, tubes, lamps, containers, computers, infusion pumps, valves, heaters, shunt systems… Research must control all parameters likely to affect the outcome, and what is done with animals must also ensure that no Any unexpected damage occurs. These two requirements create a hardware mess that the scientist must not only deal with during experiments, but also keep under control.
UV reactor for photopolymerization.
My voice in pictures. A participatory research method that uses photography to give children and youth the opportunity to express themselves on social issues and public decisions that affect them. Here, “No snack, no break.” “Adults, you can help those kids who don’t have everything they like, encourage them to go on with their lives without wanting the things other people have. And help them. Be more towards the kids and don’t have your little coffee on the break.”
Sylvia Garcia Delahaye and Lavinia Johnson
Accounts of the Episcopate of Basel 1458-1474.
Thin layer chromatography during the synthesis of fluorophores. A technique for spatially separating the components of a mixture.
The 2023 SNSF Science Photo Contest has announced its winners. The nineteen award-winning works reveal science’s small coincidences and offer new perspectives on the world around us.
The transparent frog belly, the vet’s tender gesture, the unlikely symbiosis of bees and electronic circuits, the hypnotic disturbances: the jury’s selection for the 2023 FNS Science Photo Contest highlights diverse science ranging from the high-tech to the human, from the physical world to the biological world. The jury awarded four first prizes and 15 prizes, which was a record. Since 2017, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) competition has invited researchers working in Switzerland to show the everyday life of research in a new light. 435 works were submitted this year.
The Videos category is won by visualizing turbulence around the wing of an aircraft. Directed by Cyprien de Sepibus, PhD student at HES-SO and EPFL University of Landscape, Engineering and Architecture of Geneva, the film “magically makes the invisible visible,” leading us “from the physical world into a vaporous outpouring of virtual appearance,” the jury writes.
Visualize turbulence around the wing of an aircraft
Cyprian of Sepibus
The jury also awarded fifteen distinctions which include a representation of exclusion by children, an abstract artwork resulting from a chemical analysis, a stunning visualization of the cerebrospinal fluid around the optic nerve or even a weighing of the past put on stage through an archival work.
Nearly 2,800 photos and videos are available for free
a Online gallery It provides free access to all of the images submitted to the competition to date, approximately 2,800 works. The winning photos and videos of the 2023 edition can be discovered at the Biel Photographic Days exhibition from 5 to 28 May 2023 and in particular during a guided tour shown on 27 May 2023.
“The competition offers a sobering, rich and diverse view of what research is today,” comments Matthias Egger, Chair of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Of the grantees, half are young people with doctoral degrees, half are women, and the other half have come to Switzerland from abroad. These numbers clearly reflect the dynamism and diversity of the next generation of scientists.”
“Music guru. Incurable web practitioner. Thinker. Lifelong zombie junkie. Tv buff. Typical organizer. Evil beer scholar.”
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