A total of 54 scientific pictures (56 items) have been collected from ESTOOLS scientists across the European Research Area. The scientists selected their pictures under aesthetic considerations and may have modified them with computer software.
In the public’s side, it is an opportunity to have a practical “touch” with cutting edge science without any complicated aspect to understand. It is an art exhibition where stem cells pictures are displayed for intrinsic beauty and the fantasy they may produce.
For scientists the focus has been to encourage them to look at their everyday research from an external perspective. They imagine something beyond the obvious meaning of their photography - a cell or a fluorescent marker might become a fairy, an astronomical phenomenon or a mundane urban activity.
This is a unique opportunity for anybody (children, families, schools, individuals of all age and background) to become part of the connection between Art, Science and Society!
The exhibition, for which ESTOOLS makes no entry charge, will tour through to 2010.
20 of the images are used in the videoprojection that is integrated into the theatre performance Staminalia: a dream and a trial. This play was commissioned by ESTOOLS and other consortia for its performance on 27 May 2010 at the ESTOOLS Symposium in Lisbon. The performance soundtrack is partly inspired by titles from the exhibition (e.g. Birth of the Universe, Close Elections, Butterfly).
The November 2008 issue of Stem Cell Research carries an article on the exhibition titled Art and Human Embryonic Stem Cells: from the bench to the high street which can be accessed for free for a limited period at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scr.2008.11.003.
to explain the meaning behind the scientific terminology in the captions to each picture. Download the glossary as a pdf.
The glossary features on the verso of our Eyecatcher, currently in English and Spanish language versions
Click map to see where it has visited
March 2008: Turku, Finland. See our NEWS section.
April/May 2008: Brno, Czech Republic. See our NEWS section.
May/June 2008: Budapest, Hungary. See our NEWS section.
September 2008: World Bioethics Forum, Rijeka/Opatija, Croatia. See our NEWS section.
September 2008: Antwerp (ISCT-Europe meeting), Belgium. See our NEWS section.
October/November 2008: Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria. See our NEWS section.
March 2009: Aachen, Germany AND Milan, Italy
April 2009: Bonn, Germany. See our NEWS section.
May 2009: Rome, Italy. See the ESTOOLS and Italy page
July 2009: Barcelona, Spain. See our NEWS section
Novermber 2009: Sofia, Bulgaria. See our NEWS section
May 2010: Lisbon, Portugal. See the Lisbon event outreach page
18 March 2011: Milan - in occasione della III Giornata Unistem dedi- cata alle scuole superiori - click image for brochure
Click here to find an estimation (by local hosts) of exposure to intended audience.
ESTOOLS Ethics Advisory Panel (EAP) made an evaluation of the Outreach activities going on in ESTOOLS, on the 2nd of June 2008 during the ESTOOLS annual consortium meeting.
Following this meeting, the EAP is happy to give a special mention to Ras Trokovic to recognize his artistic contribution to "Smile of a Stem Cell" exhibition
The ESTOOLS project completed its 4 years of activity. This website remains online as a reference archive.
For hESC and iPSC news and information go to: www.eurostemcell.org