Art of Science

Art of Science

Art of Science 2017 event promotion

Explore the beauty of medical research

Our annual Art of Science exhibition features stunning images and movies that have been captured and created by Institute scientists in the course of their research.

The exhibition showcases the top 20 entries from our Art of Science competition.

Come along and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards for the chance to win a framed print of your favourite artwork.

Art of Science 2018

10 – 19 August, 10am – 6pm

Federation Square, Melbourne

Free, no bookings required


Past works



Behind the scenes with our scientists

Eye of the beholder by Stephen Mieruszynski and Dr Leigh Coultas

These green and magenta ‘tendrils’ show the network of blood vessels that are essential for the eye to form.  Once the eye has developed, these vessels will undergo a controlled cell death and scavenger cells – the green dots – will eat the leftovers.

Understanding this process helps to inform new treatments for eye diseases.


Parasite bouquet by Simona Seizova

Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite that infects between 30 and 80 per cent of people worldwide. As the Toxoplasma parasite grows, it forms beautiful patterns that look like flowers, called rosettes.

In this image, you can see that some of the rosettes look like daisies or sunflowers, others more like tulips and lilies.


Dark side of the marrow by Margs Brennan

Reminiscent of a far-away moon glowing in space, what you see here is a bone marrow sample spread thinly onto a slide for closer examination under the microscope.


Protein caves by Dr Onisha Patel and Dr Isabelle Lucet

Protein caves is a snapshot from a 3D structure of a protein known to play a role in promoting certain cancers. Our researchers are working to design a drug that will fit perfectly into one such dark patch, and eventually stop cancer in its tracks. 


Hide and bone seek by Associate Professor Edwin Hawkins

In his quest to find more effective treatments for leukaemia, Edwin has developed a revolutionary technique that records how cancer cells behave in the body. Like a network of cameras collecting CCTV footage, Edwin’s technique enables researchers to observe live cellular activity, filmed within living tissue, to better understand and treat cancer.

Research team in a lab

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Lattice light sheet microscope

Why optical microscopy has become one of the most powerful tools in medical research.

Associate Professor Edwin Hawkins with imaging equipment

Associate Professor Edwin Hawkins and his team have answered the longstanding question of how leukaemia survives chemotherapy, bringing the world closer to more effective blood cancer treatments.​