Royal Institution to exhibit "stunning" images of Swansea research in London

The Royal Institution in London, one of the world’s most prestigious science communication and research organisations, where Sir Humphry Davy worked on his miner’s lamp, and where Michael Faraday did his pioneering work on electricity, is hosting a special exhibition of pictures submitted by Swansea University researchers for the 2013 Research as Art competition.

Described by The Guardian as “stunning”, the images will be on show to the public for free in the Royal Institution building in London, Mayfair from 14 October to 15 November 2013.  

research as Art 2013 - Adrian LuckmanAll winning pictures plus a selection of other entries will be on show in the exhibition, which is open to the public.   A public event on Thursday 17 October will give people the chance to see the entries and meet the winners.

See all 15 winning images, plus 10 other entries just released

The Research as Art competition, which has been running for four years, is for researchers across Swansea University.  The project is unique, encouraging researchers to convey the emotion of their research, showing the beauty and also the human story behind it.  The entries show what it means to be a researcher: the excitement, the dedication, the day-to-day process, the 'failed' experiments.  

Research as Art Matt Carnie
Dr Richard Johnston, senior lecturer in the college of engineering at Swansea University and British Science Association Media Fellow, created the project, which is supported by the Bridging the Gaps programme. Dr Johnston said:

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to display Swansea research in the heart of London, in one of the world's leading scientific institutions.  It gives us the chance to share with a very wide audience the beauty and diversity of the research carried out here in Swansea University.”
 Research as Art 2013 Leifa Jennings
 “The competition is the only one of its kind, open to all researchers, with an emphasis on the research story, in addition to the striking image.  Images and stimulating abstracts are a great way of showing the public the wonder of research that goes on in our University.

It's an opportunity for researchers to engage, inform, and inspire people. Researchers have a responsibility to make their research accessible.and the thirst from the public is certainly there!”

Research as Art winner 2013 - Kinder egg xray Dr Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, said:

"As one of the judges for the Research as Art competition, I felt that more people should be given the opportunity to have a peek at them.

Not only are some of the images simply stunning, but the beauty also lies in the fact that they are combined with a narrative that explains the work and puts it into context. 

The result is a collection of images that have wide appeal beyond the usual scientific circle.

Visitors to the Ri over the coming month certainly have a treat in store."

The Royal Institution is also famous for its Christmas lectures, started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and now its science video channel

See the Research as Art 2013 images