Last May (2016) Transmitting Science celebrated the 3rd edition of the course Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration by Dr. Oscar Sanisidro.
Science background, together with artistic skills helps to obtain accurate visual explanations of scientific phenomena. Scientific illustration becomes an important tool for science. More and more researchers include illustrations, 3D animations and vector schemes in their papers. One example is the lifelike reconstruction of the New Cretaceous mammal Spinolestes xenarthrosus by Oscar Sanisidro (Martin et al., 2015).
Scientific illustration is also essential for use in education and science outreach. Particularly, social networks (such as Twitter or Facebook) arise as essential platforms to communicate results to non-scientist audience. But also to spread information among scientists. And it is known that, images are very important. Then visual content involve an increase in the engagement rate of content published at social networks.
In order to integrate science and artistic reconstructions, students and researchers from 12 countries attended this course. During five days, they learned about the most current technological advances in this field.
The course was hands-on workshop and a crossroad for researchers in different disciplines (Biology, Botany, Paleontology, Parasitology, etc). They have the opportunity to practice 3D modeling applied to scientific illustration. But this course was the perfect place to promote exchanges of experience from those different areas.
Moreover, Teresa Such Ferrer attended the course as winner of one of the 2015 Il·lustraciència International awards on Scientific Illustration. Transmitting Science is an official sponsor of these awards.
Teresa highlighted the multidisciplinary environment of this course. This feature is linked to the wide range of possibilities for implementing scientific illustrations in different research areas but also through educational resources.
If you are interested to join the next edition (2018) prepare your pencils and take a look to our course website.
Reference: Martin, T., et al. 2015. Nature, 526(7573), 380-384.