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Current 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.

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.

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.

PhD Thor C. Møller

I have a master's degree in nanoscience and a PhD degree in life sciences. Currently, I am a postdoc in molecular pharmacology at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology at University of Copenhagen. I am interested in the details of how the very important class of receptors called G protein-coupled receptors function at a molecular level. Fluorescence microscopy is a great way to study this while experiencing the beauty of the microscopic world. In a previous project I imaged fluorescent receptors in cultured neurons. Sometimes I searched for an hour alone in the dark microscopy room without finding neurons with fluorescent receptors. Then suddenly a bright axon would appear and I would follow it for what seemed like several meters. Suddenly a beautiful dendritic arbor full of branches and spines would appear and that experience would be worth the entire search. I hope that with ARTiS we can help bring these kinds of experiences to a broad audience.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Ph.D. Yanfang Li

I obtained my PhD in Nanoscience, focusing on fabrication of biomimetic polymer scaffolds and their application in tissue engineering and drug delivery. Later as a postdoc, I worked on nanostructured arrays for intracellular signal sensing and their interaction with biological samples. Having been working in the interdisciplinary research area for years, I have seen many beautiful things of science in nano- and micro-scales, which I would like to share with my family, my friend, and the broad public. Artis provides a most directly way to diffuse scientific knowledge to public, and the understanding of public might provide scientists a new horizon.

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 2018

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.

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

Marianne Bom
Science Journalist and Partner in the communication agency Publicér. Organizer of two workshops; Workshop on Pitching to Funding Agencies and Workshop on Effective Science Communication approved for ECTS at six Danish Universities. Former journalist at the Danish newspaper, Berlingske. Educated at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

Marie Neige Cordonnier
Scientific journalist based in Paris, she holds a PhD degree in Biophysics and is deputy editor in chief of the magazine Pour la Science (French version of Scientific American), where she especially deals with biology, medicine and history of science.

Tyra Dokkedahl
Head of Art Commissions and Acquisitions, Danish Building and Property Agency.

Peter Fürst
Peter Fürst holds a PhD in Natural Sciences from the ETH Zürich in molecular biology and biochemistry. His focus as an amateur photographer is nature, particularly birds in flight and macro.

Peter Hyldgård
Journalist and head of projects at

Rie Jerichow
Science Journalist, Graphic Designer and Partner in the communication agency Publicér. Organizer of two workshops; Workshop on Pitching to Funding Agencies and Workshop on Effective Science Communication approved for ECTS at six Danish Universities. Former graphic designer and journalist at the Danish newspaper, Berlingske Tidende. Educated at Marselisborg College of Education and Danish School of Media and Journalism.

John Renner
Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen and professor in experimental particle physics and former head of the Niels Bohr Institute. He introduced Artists in Residence at the Niels Bohr Institute more than ten years ago.

Jean Manuel Segura
Jean-Manuel Segura is a professor of chemistry at the HES-SO, a university of applied sciences in Switzerland. He has been always fascinated by light in science, in particular fluorescence due its stunning beauty!

Former ARTiS members

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.

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.

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.

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.