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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