Art in Science Award
Sponsored by NIST and Lab on a Chip
Since the earliest publications of the scientific world, the aesthetic value of scientific illustrations and images has been critical to many researchers. The illustrations and diagrams of earlier scientists such as Galileo and Da Vinci have become iconic symbols of science and the scientific thought process. In current scientific literature, many scientists consider the selection of a publication as a “cover article” in a prestigious journal to be very complimentary. Often, one figure or illustration is selected to draw attention to the article and increase the “window appeal” of the journal.
To draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustration while still conveying scientific merit, the µTAS Conference is featuring an award titled, “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science.” Applications are encouraged from authors in attendance of the µTAS Conference and the winner will be selected by a panel of senior scientists in the field of µTAS. Applications must show a photograph, micrograph or other accurate representation of a system that would be of interest to the µTAS community and be represented in the final manuscript or presentation given at the Conference. They must also contain a brief caption that describes the illustration’s content and its scientific merit. The winner will be selected on the basis of aesthetic eye appeal, artistic allure and scientific merit. In addition to having the image featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip, the winner will also receive a financial award at the Conference.
- Financial award for best image
- Image will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the journal “Lab on a Chip”
- Must show an illustration, photograph or micrograph of a system or device of interest to the µTAS community.
- Must appear in the final manuscript in the µTAS Technical Digest or presentation given at µTAS.
- Must contain a caption describing the scientific merit of the featured item.
- Must be submitted and (co)authored by a µTAS Conference Speaker and a registered µTAS Attendee.
- Must be submitted in a high resolution digital format (JPEG or TIFF).
- All submissions are submitted on the basis that they may be used by LOC/NIST for promotional purposes in any form.
- Applicant must be an author/co-author of the image.
- Applicant must be a registered attendee of MicroTAS. You will need your Abstract/Manuscript Number in order to submit your image.
- Any author submitting a manuscript and attending MicroTAS may submit an image for the competition.
- The image MUST appear in the final manuscript or presentation of work at MicroTAS.
- Images that have been submitted by authors who have not registered for the conference prior to the registration deadline will not be considered for the award.
- An author of the image must be present at the conference to receive the award.
- An author may only submit one (1) image for consideration in the competition.
- All images submitted must be submitted as a JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) or TIFF (.tif)
- All images must be 3MB or less in size.
- All images must be accompanied by a caption submitted on the electronic form on the website. The caption should contain no more than 100 words.
- The image must show an illustration, photograph, micrograph or conceptual rendering of a system or device of interest to the µTAS community.
- Applicants may revise their artwork as many times as needed up until the deadline.
Art Award Submission Process – Easy 3 Step Process
Step 1. Complete the submission form:
Please have your Abstract/Manuscript Number accessible. If you are unable to locate your Abstract/Manuscript Number, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2. Fill in Remaining Information on Electronic Submission Form
Please fill in remaining information on the electronic submission form including title of image and your caption. Visit here to apply.
Step 3. Upload Your Image
All entries are to be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format online via this website. Entries will not be accepted by email, fax, or post. Once your entry has been successfully uploaded and submitted, you will be sent a confirmation email that your submission was successful. The ability to submit an image will close (September 30th).