Judges

Dr Lizzie Burns

Director of Science to Life 

Science to life is directed by Dr Lizzie Burns who graduated with a doctorate in molecular cell biology from the University of Oxford in 2002. Since then Lizzie has been immersed in communications, art and educational projects to convey the excitement of science.  She has always combined a deep and active interest in science, art and teaching, now demonstrated by a large collection of paintings inspired by biomedical research.  The resulting artwork has been exhibited in the UK and internationally at the invitation of the British Council. She has received a large number of commissions from Universities, Institutions, Companies and individuals.

Lizzie has used her unique background in science, art and teaching to develop a wide variety of workshops to inspire children and adults about the biomedical sciences. She has collaborated with scientists to find new ways to communicate their subject and convey their passion for science.  During the past 3 years Lizzie has run workshops in schools and for science festivals involving over 20,000 people, including the BA Festival of Science, the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival

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Latest Press

Entry shortlist

Competition shortlist21st June

The judges have been studying all the entries and have now drawn up their shortlist. To view the shortlist click here. There were hundreds of entries of a very high standard and many were inspirational. We would like to congratulate all entrants on achieving such a high standard. Well done to all those who were shortlisted - and you will receive an email inviting you to bring your artwork for the final judging. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Manchester Science Festival at the end of October. 

 

Fungal News

The largest organism in the world is a mushroom that is over 1,000 years old, covering hundreds of acres of forest in Oregon, USA. Kew Gardens has an enormous collection of dried fungi - over 1.25 million samples stored in a huge archive. But many interesting studies are carried out by Mycologists at Kew. Watch a short video to see more.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was hospitalized on May 25, 1997 seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum. Dylan was treated with antibiotics, and his condition was not considered life threatening. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis

More than just mushrooms

A fungus (plural fungi) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds  (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. Visit the BBC's  Nature website for a viewpoint on fungi in nature.

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