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International Science Exhibition to open in Newcastle
- Published 14th August 2013
International Images for Science Exhibition 2013
An exhibition of the world's best scientific photography
Bath, 7 August -- The Royal Photographic Society, in partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), launches an exhibition of the world’s best scientific photography at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, on Saturday 31 August. The exhibition also forms part of the British Science Festival taking place in Newcastle from 7-12 September, before touring the UK from 1 October.
Submissions were open internationally with the images chosen by an expert panel of scientific photographers and scientists. The selected images were produced by scientists for their research, recording science in action and highlighting the importance of photography within modern-day science. The visually stunning images range from far-away galaxies to subatomic particles, using specialist imaging techniques such as ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR), time lapse and high speed, electron microscopy, thermography, macro and photomicrography, phase contrast microscopy and schlieren photography.
Commenting on the exhibition, Afzal Ansary, the exhibition coordinator, said: “The exhibition is a stunning, colourful, visual feast. What is particularly exciting is that the images highlight the crucial role that photography continues to play in modern science, illustrating the work of scientists and as an essential research tool. This year’s exhibition is outstanding in the breadth of subjects and the quality of work shown”.
Photography has been used in science since it was announced in 1839 and it continues to play a key role across many diverse areas. In astronomy it is used to study the composition of the nebulae and to give us a better understanding of outer space, stars and galaxies, in oceanography it helps to study seafloor geological formations as well as recording the migration and behaviour of marine life, and in medicine it acts as a diagnostic tool. The one hundred selected images are not only outstanding records of their subject but they also provide a wealth of scientific information.
A fully illustrated catalogue with explanatory texts is available from the exhibition venue, priced £10, or online from The Royal Photographic Society at: www.rps.org/IISE2013cat
The exhibition runs from Saturday 31 August until Sunday 30 September at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle. Admission is free. It will then tour the United Kingdom and Europe. Further information and a current list of venues can be found at: www.rps.org/IISE2013
It has been supported by: British Institute of Professional Photography; Creativity Backgrounds; Loxley Colour; Paul Graham Image Specialists; Science and Technology Facilities Council; Science Photo Library; Towergate Camerasure and Wellcome Images.
For further information or for images, or to arrange interviews, please contact Dr Michael Pritchard at The Royal Photographc Society. Tel: +44 (0)1225 325730 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
High-res images are available on request. Please note the photographer should be credited and the images may only be used in conjunction with the IISE2013 exhibition. A PDF of thumbnails of the exhibition images is available on request.
The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’ and was granted the use of the title ‘Royal’ in 1894 and it’s Royal Charter in 2004. With a membership open to everyone The Society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers with over 11,000 members in the UK and abroad. The Society publishes the Photographic Journal and Imaging Science Journal and it holds over 300 events around the UK and abroad. Its world-class Collection of historic photographs, equipment and library is housed for nation at the National Media Museum, Bradford. For more information see: www.rps.org
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security.
The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.
STFC operates or hosts world class experimental facilities including:
- in the UK; ISIS pulsed neutron source, the Central Laser Facility, and LOFAR. STFC is also the majority shareholder in Diamond Light Source Ltd.
- overseas; telescopes on La Palma and Hawaii
It enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities by funding membership of international bodies including European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
STFC is one of seven publicly-funded research councils. It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Follow us on Twitter @STFC_Matters www.stfc.ac.uk
The British Science Festival is organised by the British Science Association in a different UK city every year. See: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival