What is it that makes research fascinating? There are several potential answers to this question: the luring attraction of the unknown, of the other, the obscure, or the mysterious; the desire for insight into research areas that have yet to be explored; the sheer beauty of mind games and scientific experiments; the risks attached to certain kinds of research; the visionary aspects of some projects; the challenges they pose; the thrill when you finally get it; or, as the Irish poet W.B. Yeats describes it, quite simply the fascination of what is difficult. What fascinates researchers; where does this fascination spring from; and, more importantly, how can this fascination be captured, visualised, and communicated by a photographic image?

The European Young Academies have launched an international and interdisciplinary photo contest to explore different visions and images of fascination in the sciences and the humanities. Please note that the deadline for submission has passed.

 

This page shows a random (and changing) sample of some of the pictures submitted.

 

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Biofilm Star...

by Pablo Rojas

PhD Student

1. Charité-Universitätsmedizin 2. DHZB
Germany



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Once beached on the roof of the world, you remain faithful to it!...

by Roman Witt

PhD student


Germany



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Getting out of line...

by Maren Ziegler

PhD-student

University of Frankfurt
Germany



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The Functional Connectome...

by Joachim Böttger & Daniel Margulies

Group Leader

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Germany



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Brainbow...

by Maren Stavermann

Former Postdoc

TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
Germany



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Skulls and purgatory in Peru...

by Otto Danwerth

Researcher


Germany



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typo-kaleidoscope...

by Katja Heuer

PhD candidate


Germany



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Shark finning...

by Maren Ziegler

PhD-student

University of Frankfurt
Germany



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Burning Air...

by Martin Schiller

Engineer

Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Germany



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Dancing with the machines...

by Dimitra Kofti

Post Doctoral Fellow

Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology
Germany



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Astronomy in a crater of volcano...

by Veselina Kalinova

PhD student

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Germany



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SEM picture of HeLa cells covered with silica nanoparticles...

by Claudia Messerschmidt

PhD student


Germany



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Textured Brain...

by Alfred Anwander_

Postdoc

Max Planck Institute Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Germany



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When wetlands get wet again...

by Merten Minke

Greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands

Grimmer Str 88
Germany



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Beetle on rubber soles...

by Jan Michels

Postdoc

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germany



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Grand Central Terminal: Decisions in a social world...

by Juliane Kämmer

Predoc

Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Germany



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Next-generation honeybee pathology...

by Christoph Kurze

PhD student

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Germany



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in focus...

by Lena Marie Staab

Ph.D. candidate

Universität der Künste
Germany



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Fascination of invisibility cloaking becomes physical reality...

by Jad Halimeh

PhD student in theoretical physics

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Germany



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special rewards after test trial...

by Daniele D'Amaro

PhD.

Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Germany



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