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Art of Science Contest

Nat at Night: Celebrating the 2023 Art of Science Exhibit

Celebrate the Art of Science exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum’s popular nighttime event, Nat at Night on September 15. Three researchers recognized as a part of the 2023 Art of Science contest will give short, 10-minute standup presentations about their work. Presentations start at 7 p.m., and will take place every half hour.

Data curators at the UC San Diego Library have the privilege of working with researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines as they prepare data for the Library's Research Data Collections repository. The visually stunning nature of some of these research data sets has inspired the Library's Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) to host its second annual Art of Science contest, which aims to celebrate and bring awareness to the beauty that can emerge during scientific exploration.

For the 2021 and 2022 contests, we invited campus researchers to submit images related to their research. This year we asked the UC San Diego and San Diego communities to vote on images deposited in the Library’s Research Data Repository

Like last year, winning images will be exhibited at the San Diego Natural History Museum, in the Sally T. WongAvery Library Breezeway, and on the Library’s digital exhibit platform, Starlight.

Visit the exhibits from now - January 15, 2024.

To view images from this year's contest as well as past contests, visit the Library's digital exhibit platform at

For marketing partners: Art of Science Marketing Toolkit.

Please direct questions about the contest to Abby Pennington at

Image credit:
Main Research Data Curation page: Adi Khen, Bigeye Octopus Suckers, 2021 Open Voting Winner
Above: Keunyoung Kim, Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cells, 2021 Judges' Award Winner, Participant Category Faculty/Scientist