Science by Design Competition
24 Sep 12:00 am - 21 Oct 11:59 pm


The CBNS Education Committee has provided access for CBNS members to train in the use of Adobe Illustrator for scientific drawings. These workshops train members to communicate their research using digital illustrations. We are now giving all CBNS staff and students the chance to showcase their skills with the 2018 Science by Design Competition. The competition is also open to those members who have not had the opportunity to participate in the Illustrator Workshop.


How does it work?

A judging panel will select an overall winner from all entries. The CBNS winning entry will receive a Visa gift card worth $150. Also, there will be a ‘‘People’s Choice Award’’ prize, where all CBNS staff and students will be able to vote for their favourite design posted on the CBNS website. This winner will receive a gift card worth $50. The winners will be invited to receive their award at the 2018 CBNS Annual Research Workshop, with the cost of accommodation to be covered by CBNS.

The CBNS will feature the two winning entries in the 2018 Annual Report, with attribution to the creators.


How do I enter?
Make a diagram or image describing your research (or an aspect of it) that is effective in communicating that idea to a wide audience (scientific and general public). The design must be a vector graphic using either Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator. Your creation will be judged by a panel against the following criteria:


Judging Criteria

  1. The creativity of the design – How unique is the design?
  2. Use of design elements
  3. Ingenuity – degree of tricks used
  4. The effectiveness of science communication – How easy is it for the judges to grasp the concept of your work?


Please submit the full Adobe Illustrator file (*.ai) or scalable vector graphics file (*.svg – ensure that ‘Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities’ is turned on when saving as an SVG file) of your creation to Dr Charlotte Hurry by the end of the day on Sunday, 21 October 2018.


Please include the following information along with your application:

  • Name
  • Your node
  • Title of your design
  • A summary of your work – 50 words or less

(Please note the disclaimer at the end of this page about the competition)


Anyone who is part of the CBNS is welcome to enter, including all students, postdocs, professional staff and CIs. It is not necessary that you have attended one of the CBNS Adobe Illustrator training courses. If you are unable to attend the CBNS Annual Research Workshop to collect your prize, your CI will collect on your behalf. You will be advised by close of business on Monday, 5 November 2018 if you have been successful.



By entering the CBNS Science by Design Competition, you consent to the CBNS using your design on the CBNS website, for judging purposes, for the promotion of the competition and also for future use in promotional material of the CBNS. The CBNS, however, does not own the right to the image itself and you are encouraged to use it for publications, academic materials, and public promotion of your work.