CBNS Science by Design competition

22 Nov 2016
Winners announced at the CBNS Research Workshop


The CBNS Education and Training Committee has coordinated training in using Adobe Illustrator for scientific drawings across all nodes over the last two years. The courses provided participants with the training to prepare diagrams to assist in the communication of their research. We are now giving CBNS staff and students the chance to put their skills to use with our Science by Design competition.

The judging panel will select a shortlist of five entries. The shortlist will be showcased at the Annual Research Workshop, where the winner will be announced. There will also be a 'people's choice' prize, where all CBNS staff and students will be able to vote for their favourite. The winning entry will will receive a Visa gift card worth $150. The people's choice winner will receive a gift card worth $50.

The CBNS will feature the shortlisted designs in the 2016 Annual Report, will attribution to all the creators. 

How do I enter?
Make a diagram or image describing your research (or an aspect of it) that is effective in communicating that idea to a wide audience (scientific and general public). The design must have been made as a vector graphic using either Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator. Your creation will be judged by the panel below against the following criteria:

Judging Criteria

  1. Creativity of the design – How unique is the design?
  2. Use of design elements – How are you able utilise design
  3. Ingenuity – degree of tricks used
  4. Effectiveness of science communication – How easy is it for the judges to grasp the concept of your work?

Judging Panel

  • Mr Ash Every - CBNS Adobe Illustrator instructor
  • Ms Tania Ewing - CBNS media consultant, MSc (Immunology)
  • Professor Maria Kavallaris - Chair, CBNS Education and Training Committee
  • Dr Angus Johnston - CBNS CI, materials scientist
  • Dr John McGhee - CBNS CI, 3D visualisation expert

To enter the competition please submit the full Adobe Illustrator file (*.ai) or scalable vector graphics file (*.svg - ensure that 'Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities' is turned on when saving as a SVG file) of your creation to Katrina Sewell (, by the end of the day on 22 November 2016. Please include the following information along with your application:

  • Name
  • Your university
  • The CI you work with
  • Title of your design
  • A short summary of your work - 50 words or less
  • (Please note the disclaimer at the end of this page about the competition)

Anyone that is part of the CBNS is welcome to enter, including all students, postdocs, professional staff, and CIs. It is not necessary that you have attended one of the CBNS Adobe Illustrator training courses. 

By entering the CBNS Science by Design competition you consent to the CBNS using your design for the promotion of the competition and also for future use in promotional material of the CBNS. The CBNS however does not own the right to the image itself, and you are encouraged to use it for publications, academic materials, and public promotion of your work.