Drawings of a new era!

Drawings of a new era!

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.

Drawings of a new era!

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 Illustraciencia, International Awards on Scientific Illustration. Transmitting Science is an official contributor of these awards.

Drawings of a new era!

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.

ForBio and Transmitting Science begin their collaboration!

ForBio and Transmitting Science begin their collaboration!

We are glad to announce our new partnership with ForBio, the Research School in Biosystematics. Their main aim is training new generations of biosystematists and strengthening research in this field in the Nordic countries. ForBio has been offering courses for the last five years, and recently got funding for five more.

They offer practical and theoretical courses in biosystematics, mainly but not only, to botany and zoology students and postdocs. Their compromise with education and collaboration between research institutions makes them the right partner for Transmitting Science.

During the visit of Hugo de Boer to Spain, the main coordinator of ForBio discussed with Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno (Scientific Director of Transmitting Science) the different approaches and courses each of them had been working on and offering in the past. After sharing their interests, ideas and experiences, they decided to start collaborating.

Therefore, in 2016 Transmitting Science and ForBio are co-organizing some advanced courses related to taxonomy, systematics and other areas related to these topics. Right now, the courses co-organized by Transmitting Science and ForBio are “Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration” in May 2016, “Introduction to Electron Microscopy for Life Sciences” in July 2016, and “Phylogenetic Analysis Using R” in 2017.

The courses will be held at any of the venues Transmitting Science has near Barcelona (Spain). ForBio offers their members free registration, as well as travel and accommodation for Norwegian members.

The common aim of ForBio and Transmitting Science is to prepare the best researchers of the next generations, and we will work together in order to continue offering high level courses and in creating new ones in the future.