The Crastina science haiku competition

We are happy to announce The Crastina science haiku competition! The challenge is to describe your research, alternatively your work or studies in the STEMM field, in the form of a haiku.



Here is an example from Dorota Paczesniak, who is a member of the Crastina network as well as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leibniz Institute in Germany.

Asexual plants

invest in reproduction

gene expression puzzle


One winner and one follow-up will be able to choose between geekish things from Amazon, e.g. a puzzle, a t-shirt or a notebook.

The rules

  • Your submission should be posted in the comments below before April 10, 6 PM CET.
  • Your haiku should be a brief three-line poem, but we are not purists when it comes to the right number of syllables etc. We will gladly accept whatever your high-school teachers accepted as a haiku.
  • The winner will be announced as soon as the jury, a motley crew of Crastina-connected people, has made up its mind.
  • Submitted haikus will be published – with full acknowledgements – in Crastina’s Twitter feed.
24 replies
  1. Pablo
    Pablo says:

    Why not give it a try… this is my contribution from UCL 😛

    The synaptic strength
    through glutamate release
    will help circuits learn

  2. Olle Bergman
    Olle Bergman says:

    I’m quite flabbergasted to wake up to a sunny Easter day in Södermanland, Sweden, and read these excellent submissions. Let’s see some more!

    • Olle Bergman
      Olle Bergman says:

      I agree, you certainly have an important role!

      Here is my own poem to encourage other communicators, networkers and facilitators in the science area:

      I connect the dots,
      bring like-minded together
      see wondrous things happen.

  3. Christy Beal
    Christy Beal says:

    I think it works best with my dissertation topic

    Spring warblers fly north
    Search native trees for larvae
    Hungry chicks hatch and eat


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