artISBI2024 contest

ISBI2024 Art in Biomedical Imaging contest (artISBI2024)

Call for artworks

For the first time, ISBI2024 will host an Art in Biomedical Imaging contest (artISBI2024), inviting participants to go beyond conventional concepts of medical imaging and image analysis and show their artistic talent.

The contest is open to anyone with an interest in art inspired by the topics of ISBI2024, including, but not limited to, the mathematical, algorithmic, and computational aspects of biological and biomedical imaging, and its clinical applications.
Registration for ISBI2024 is not mandatory for contest participants.
Voting for the best artwork is allowed only to ISBI2024 registered participants.

Submission information: Participants are invited to submit their work (up to 2 artworks) in electronic form (image file format or ‘.pdf’, up to 10 Mb), inspired by ISBI2024 topics. Group participation is allowed, however, all contributing to a single work.

Submissions are accepted through the CMT platform, and should include information about the participant, and the artwork(s). The submission platform will be open on February 23, 2024 and will close on May 10, 2024.

Participant information:
  •  Name
  •  Current position
  •  Affiliation (and/or name of home laboratory, if applicable)
  •  City and country
  •  E-mail
In the area Artwork information:
  • Title, materials and/or methodologies used, year of creation, dimensions (if applicable)
  • Artist’s Statement (short description of the artwork, around 100 words)

By participating in the contest, participants agree to the rules of the contest.

Criteria of selection: The creativity, the scientific complexity and technical skills, the aesthetic appeal, and originality of the concept, as well as relevance to ISBI2024 topics, will be taken into consideration for the selection of the winners.

Up to three prizes will be awarded, including publication on the cover of a journal special issue associated with ISBI2024, a bio-inspired necklace by LaB Bio-conceptual creations, and micro life art by Maria Lambropoulou printed on canvas or silk (scarf) or book.

All finalists will receive recognition through ISBI2024 social media, and their works will be presented in the blog and Facebook of MEDinART, the global network of artists inspired by biomedical sciences.

Selected works will be submitted for inclusion in the Cell Picture Show hosted by Cell Press, Nature, and the Image of the Day hosted by The Scientist magazine, National Geographic, Popular Science.

Each prize will be awarded to a single art work. The prize may be awarded to multiple individuals but only for contributions to a single piece of their collaborative work.

Selection Process
The Art in Biomedical Imaging committee will review all submitted artworks and will identify up to ten (10) finalists.
The top three (3) artworks, among finalists, will be determined by the majority of votes from ISBI2024 registered participants, under the supervision of the Art in Biomedical Imaging committee.

The committee is not obliged to award all prizes if they do not meet the expected quality criteria.

Important dates
February 23: submission opens
May 10: submission closes
May 20: finalists announced
May 27: voting starts
May 28: voting ends
May 29: winners announced

artISBI2024 committee
Vasia Hatzi, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Athens-Greece; MEDinART (
Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Maria Lambropoulou, Faculty of Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece