Science in Sight

Research photographs from the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Scientific Image Competition on display at the swissnex Gallery.

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Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


November 21, 2017 8:00 am - February 03, 2018 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



The Swiss National Science Foundation’s Scientific Image Competition highlights outstanding research images from Switzerland. The competition selects video and photographic works for their aesthetic quality — and their ability to inspire and amaze, to convey or illustrate knowledge, to tell a human story, or to let us discover a new universe. The winners were selected by an international jury of experts from more than 500 images.

Research is carried out with the aim of better understanding the world we live in. However, the images it produces often have an unreal quality, creating a surprisingly rich visual language: a laboratory tool transformed into a monolith; an artificial wave oscillating between the real and the virtual; a scientist apparently going up in smoke; an experiment that becomes an artistic performance.
The exhibition is organized by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in collaboration with the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography. Follow the images from the competition on Twitter using the hashtag #SwissScienceImage.

Featured image: SNSF competition for scientific images, Madlaina Boillat, doctoral student, University of Geneva. 


Daniel Saraga

Daniel SaragaDaniel Saraga is Head of Science Communication at the Swiss National Science Foundation, launched the SNSF Scientific Image Competition. He is the editor-in-chief of “Horizons.” A science journalist, he was previously in charge of the European science magazine, “Technologist”. Daniel Saraga studied physics at EPFL and obtained his PhD from University College London. He also worked as a researcher at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and founded the Café Scientifique Basel.



Photo: Myleen Hollero