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Current and former members of ARTiS are:

Assoc. Prof. Karen L. Martinez

I hold a PhD degree in Biophysics and am currently Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, where I take part to the education of students in Nanoscience and lead a research group in Bionanoscience with interdisciplinary projects combining cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics and nanomaterials. With a continuous will to explore new territories, I have been fascinated by the opportunities offered by nanomaterials to explore biological samples.

In addition to my academic activities, I am passionate about creative and artistic activities, including photography, floral art, gastronomy. Thanks to this experience, I believe that looking at scientific data from a pure esthetic perspective is a good foundation to learn how to “think out of the box” and evaluate results with a new eye. My motivation behind this event is to offer the public the opportunity to see the world with new glasses and to give an opportunity to scientists to contribute to an original event.

MSc. Liridon Aliti

My field of interest belongs to microfluidic biosensing where I do lab experiments on microchips. Herein, experiments are conducted on micro and nano structures with the aim of miniaturization. I am very facinated by the interface between biology and nanotechnology and I think it can cope with the many challenges in various endeavours. My long-term goal is to develop new diagnostic tools for human diseases.

MSc. Johannes Holm

During my studies I have acquired a keen interest and strong background in the fields of chemistry, protein science, nano-, quantum-physics and nano-biology. In my studies I have found that my main interest lies in exploring the nano-world, especially with regards to future applications in the medicinal industry. I believe that the promises nanotechnology holds for discoveries in biosensors, novel drugs and drug delivery are immense.

I feel that I am lucky to see a side of nature through my work, that most people never get to see. The microscopic world that we can get a glimpse of using our microscopes can be incredibly beautiful and in the same time feel very alien, and is a constant reminder that there is so much more to our world than what our eyes can percieve.

Ph.D. Nina Buch Månson

I have a master degree in Nanoscience, which has allowed me to venture across the borders of the classic science disciplines and see things in a new perspective. During my PhD and in my continued work as a postdoc, I explore the interface between nanostructured inorganic materials and single cells, which really requires me to keep a cross-discplinary mindset. This exploration is be very challenging, but also beautiful, as my colorful contribution to ARTiS 2015 (“Happy cells on a bed of needles”, 2nd place) bears witness to.

Ph.D. Randi Westh Hansen 

I have a background in nanobiosciene. During my master and Ph.D. project I have worked with isolated membrane proteins and among others used them to build sensitive biosensors. I like the interdisciplinarity in the field and the exploration of how nature is constructed at the nanoscale. Both to understand the molecular principles, but also to inspire the development of new advanced nanotechnology. Besides my academic career, I have a passion for expressing myself through drawing and painting - so I am happy if I can bring my creative skills into my work.

MSc. Bjarke Salling

I have a master degree in nanoscience. During my study, I have been shown how interesting, beautiful and detailed everything is at nano scale in the world we live in. Using different types of microscopy allows us to see much more than just with the naked eye, which I find very fascinating.  I am currently working on my master degree at the bio-nanotechnology and nanomedicine laboratory where I arrange cells to form linear networks as a tool for single cell analysis.

I have always liked to draw and use my creativity. Therefore I am glad to have the opportunity to combine art and science.

PhD. Jonathan Quinson

I did my PhD in materials science and bio-electrochemistry. I am now a post-doc in the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen. Producing and characterising nanoparticles for energy applications. 

I used to spend a lot of time on scanning and transmission microscopes (SEM and TEM). This can be boring unless you find unexpected shapes, landscapes or faces in your samples. I think images are a great way to communicate on science and new technologies and I love taking funny artistic images. One of my previous image even ended up in a museum in Quebec. Outside science I like traveling and dancing.

MSc. Alvaro Gonzalez Martinez

Born in Madrid, 4th May, 1988. Álvaro is a Life Science professional. He has been directing his career as a researcher involved in different projects at international laboratories. In 2015 he took a break in science to develop his natural creative talent through photographical art. Currently working in different associations (ARTíS, CED/SFD and Immart), and running his own photography business, he feels the next challenge is to perform a PhD in Stem Cell and Bioinformatics.

Assoc. Prof. Kim Nicole Dalby

I hold a PhD in Earth Science and am an Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. I am interested in how fluids move through natural materials, and how the chemistry of the material and the fluid influence that movement. Understanding fluid movement is crucial in many systems relevant to society, and I am focused on projects involving CO2 sequestration and water remediation.  I use and develop methods to image and chemically map the fluid-solid interface in 3D, at the nanometer scale.

I am also passionate about teaching students how to write well scientifically because I believe as scientists we have to communicate our results to the public in a clear and engaging way. This interface between academia and the public is also why I am excited to be part of the ARTiS team. Bringing science to the public through art is a great way to encourage new scientists and to see science from a different perspective.

MSc. Fátima Sánchez Barreiro

I hold an MSc degree in biology, and despite having broad interests within the discipline, I am particularly fascinated by evolution and population genomics. I have recently started a Ph.D. on the temporal and geographic dynamics of African rhino populations in the past, where I use the DNA contained in museum specimens of rhinos as a time travelling machine. I am also very interested in science communication and how to make science attractive to everybody, which is the reason why I joined the ARTiS team.

MSc. Christina Toldbo

I hold a Masters degree in Physics from the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen. My specialization is in Astronomy and Human Exploration of Space, but in general I am a physicist with a broad profile. I am passionate about science communication. Sharing the insights (and delight) in the wonders of Nature and the vast possibilities of science and technology is a huge pleasure and a duty in order to inspire and inform the public. I am helping with the ARTiS project because though pictures, we can share the aesthetic and beautiful experience of studying science and hopefully show that reality is often far more amazing than what we can imagine.

Picture yet to come!

MSc. Nicolai Vanggaard Bærentsen

I'm currently doing my masters degree in nanoscience, which is a broad interdisciplinary scientific field, combinding knowledge from physics, chemistry and biology. Likewise I find that art is a very broad description of things, and is found in so many places. Art can be anything, but most commonly is something we admire or feel enriched by. In science there are so many things we have yet to discover and some of these turn out to be beautiful and breathtaking besides scientific advancements. Finding the art in science can be exhilarating, since its often found in places you wouldn't look for it naturally. In my studies I often look at individual cells for hours and sometimes find fascinating arrangements or funny patterns.

BSc. Louise August Nielsen

I study nanoscience at the University of Copenhagen. I find the nanoworld interesting, especially manipulation of nanoscale objects; the early stages of nanoscale assembly, and the possibilities of molecular building blocks.
To express work and research through imaging and art is not only fun but also educational and something I find to be an interesting way to achieve interests from many different areas, including people outside scientific research.

Rasmus Dalsgaard Schlosser

My fields of interest are single electron transport, exploitation of photo-phenomena, and the interfacing of nanoscale devices with biological systems. Physical objects have appeal due to their obvious realness, they are grounded and present. Paintings, sculptures, and reliefs are real to the senses, they can be understood in effect of their existence. Scientific presentation often cannot possess this quality and its details turn abstract. ARTiS is an opportunity to display aesthetic beauty stemming from often obscure and surprising sources.

MSc-student Tahreem Aejaz Bukhari

I have a bachelor degree in Nanoscience and am interested in nanobioscience and bioorganic chemistry with medical applications. I have always been fascinated by nature and how scientists strive to mimic it, especially at the nanoscale where we continuously make new discoveries and find new ways to apply our knowledge and technology. I am also interested in visualization of science and wish to share the beauty in various branches of science with the public. New discoveries can be promoted and understood by taking an artistic approach to presenting them, which also adds elements of fun and creativity to science.

BSc. Student Camilla Poulsen

I’m almost finished with my BSc. in Nanoscience at the University of Copenhagen where my interest lie within the physical values in biological systems such as the energy contributions in protein foldning, unfolding and X-ray and neutron science.
In general, I find science very exciting and I love how we can combine science with art to give science a completely new point of perspective. My reason for joining Artis because I’m fascinated by the visualization of science and I would like to show the public that science is much more than books, lab coats and numbers.

ARTiS Evaluation Committee

An interdisciplinary and international committee evaluated the submitted pictures. Prizes will be announced during the annual Award Ceremony which will be held around November every year.


Pr. Bo W Laursen, University of Copenhagen - Chemist specialized in Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Pr. Morten Meldal, University of Copenhagen - Chemist specialized in Chemical Biology
Dr. Peter Fuerst, biologist with a passion for photography
Dr. Lassina Badolo, biologist with a passion for photography

Researchers in Science Communication:

Maja Horst, Professor at University of Copenhagen - Dpt of Media, Cognition and Communication
Maja Horst is professor of science communication and head of department of Medie, Cognition and Communication at University of Copenhagen. She has published extensively on the science-society relationship and also experimented with interactive installations designed to communicate about her research. For this she has been awarded the Danish Science Minister's communication prize.

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard, Associate Professor at Aarhus Universitet
Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard is associate professor at Aarhus University working with data visualization in bioscience and health. During the past eight years she has worked in Cambridge, Boston, and Los Angeles focusing on scientific animation.

Louise Whiteley, Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen
Louise Whiteley is an Associate Professor of Medical Science Communication at Medical Museion and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), University of Copenhagen. Louise researches biomedical science in culture, and curates exhibitions and events that are both informed by, and feed, her research. 

Scientific Journalists:

Peter Hyldgård, science journalist and editor at Videnskab.dk and ScienceNordic.com
Peter is a biologist with 20 years experience in science journalism. Peter is also teacher of science communication.

Marie-Neige Cordonnier, Deputy editor in chief - Pour la Science
Marie-Neige holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics and has more than 15 years experience in scientific journalism at Pour la Science (French version of Scientific American) with a focus on History of Science and …


Mayra Navarette – Professional Photographer
Born in El Salvador, holds a Master in Civil Engineering and with a background as a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Mayra has worked in countries around the world (on 5 continents). 8 years ago, while living in India, she dedicated completely to her passion: photography and started exhibiting her photography works on human endeavors and exclusion. She has founded her professional photography business. Today, she calls Denmark her home.

Helle Kingbird, Copenhagen-based artist.
Helle holds a Master in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London and furthermore a Bachelor in History in Ideas from Aarhus University. She is head of department for the Ceramics Programme at Arhus Academy of Fine Art. 

Organizing committee:

Liridon Aliti, Johannas Holm, Yanfang Li, Karen Martinez, Nina Buch-Månson, Randi Westh Hansen