During the pandemic we have witnessed the power of sophisticated data visualizations, often from behind our screens.
The GYA Science + Art = Peace and Justice working group is now inviting you to consider something different – less polished and fancy perhaps, the sketches of science. These are the hand-drawn doodles and scribbles that might live on your blackboards, whiteboards, napkins, backs of envelopes and notebooks, the drawings that you make to understand your work, any notations that you might find lying around your (home or uni) office or lab.
These sketches of science offer fascinating insights not only into the creativity and artistry of scientists, but importantly show the process of science, giving insight to others into how your work gets done.
Our goal is to collect and exhibit online 40 sketches, the online exhibition to be officially launched during the AGM 2022. There are two ways you can contribute:
1. Look around you and see if you can find a sketch you’ve made as part of your scientific work that you are happy to share. If you are looking for ideas here are some:
- Blackboard equations
- Hand-drawings of inventions
- Back-of-envelope calculations
- Patent drawings
- Data visualization drafts
- Trial pictures captured during experiments or observations (micrography, images from telescopes, x-ray pictures, thermal images, etc.)
- Musical notations, annotated maps, interview notes, fieldwork observations
- Sound sketches of your working process in the lab or field.
2. Write a caption for a famous scientific sketch that is in the public domain, such as Richard Feynman’s blackboards or Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s brain images.
Upload your submissions to by May 20th 2022. You will be prompted when doing so to include any information you think may be necessary for a general audience to understand the sketch.