BioRender is looking for the creative side to every scientist

The BioRender team is hosting its Annual Graphical Abstract Contest. There are $50,000 worth of prizes to be won and the winners, in a wide range of categories, will be announced throughout June. The BioRender contest is also an opportunity to connect scientists from all around the world through their love of aesthetically pleasing scientific figures.

BioRender provides software for hassle-free, professional looking science figures. In a quest to save scientists from endless frustrating hours trying to create diagrams on PowerPoint, BioRender provides a purpose-built scientific drawing platform. It contains thousands of pre-made icons and other tools to enable scientists to make their scientific figures more appealing.

To showcase the capabilities of BioRender and to bring scientists together – showing them they can put their creative selves to use in their scientific work – BioRender is hosting its Annual Graphical Abstract Contest with $50,000 worth of prizes to be won. The submission deadline has now passed, but the several winners will be announced throughout the month of June. The Early Bird Winners were already announced; congratulations Ailin, Patrick, Bailey, Sebastian and Alessia! But there is also an ‘Experts’ Choice Award’ and a ‘People’s Choice Award’, as well as awards for medical illustration and one for entries related to COVID-19. The winners for these categories will be announced later in the month.

There are hundreds of testimonials attesting to the usefulness and quality of BioRender, and that is not surprising – the submissions for the contest are beautiful! The public voting closes tomorrow so you still have some time to head over to the submission pages, take a look and vote for your favourite!


Example entry, submitted by Vickey-Luanne Harris.

Macroplastic pollution in the ocean is degraded largely by UV exposure forming microplastics (MPs). Microplastics contain additives including the known endocrine disruptors (EDs) BPA and Phthalates. They adsorb persistent organic pollutants from the water. Marine organisms ingest MPs, these are then transferred through the food chain. Bioaccumulation and biomagnification affect higher level organisms. There is potential for the MPs and EDs to have a direct effect on humans through consumption.

About Nat das Neves Rodrigues Lopes

Nat das Neves Rodrigues Lopes did both her undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry, in the UK: “My research explored the interactions between light and matter, something I have always been fascinated by! I did a lot of teaching during my Ph.D. and that’s when I first got interested in communicating my research to audiences beyond my immediate peers. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about public perceptions of science and public trust in scientists. I think it is urgent that we fix the public-expert relationship and I want to do my bit to help that!”
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