ISWA Competition E-mail


The deadline to submit your participation to the ISWA competition

has been postponed:

you can send your artworks until the 22 November 2012


Aim and regulation

The ISWA competition aims to stimulate curiosity and engagement in science of young people in Europe and in particular of European secondaryschool pupils. The idea is to show that scientific ideas and scientific researches originate from a creative and emotional process, as happens in artisticprocesses.

The ISWA competition is organised in the framework of the ISWA project, which also involves artists, generic public and schools in artistic events andartworks.

1. Who can compete?

Young people of 14–20 years old from all member countries of the European Union, countries associated to FP7, Russian Federation are eligible forparticipation in the competition.

The young participants can compete either individually or in groups. Groups can be composed also by school classes, which are encouraged to workunder the auspices of one or several teachers.

2. What is to be produced?

Art can express itself in many different forms. This is why any form of artistic expression will be considered, if it is inspired by science or by anencounter with scientists. In the competition, seven prizes will be awarded, for the best works of art in the following areas:

Cinema: documentary or fictional short movies not longer than 10 minutes.

Contemporary art: a wide range of artistic expression has become possible thanks to the use of electronics and software, and theirblending into more traditional forms of visual art, like painting and sculpture. Participants can draw inspiration from the artworks produced byISWA, create their own artworks.

Modern dance:  artworks where the movement of human bodies is used as the principal means of expression. Participants can drawinspiration from the dance peformance realized by ISWA and create their coreographies.

Imaging: pictures or artworks built around imagery, for example computer-graphics, paintings and photographies. Artworks should use stillimages from the video sequences produced by ESRF as the starting point.

Literature: all possible artistic expressions using language and words. For more information about the literature contest read here and theannouncement.

3. How to participate?

The participation in the competition is free. The participants – either individually or in groups – must fill out the this subscription form published on theISWA website with all relevant information, including the contact person details, and in which category they wish to compete. Participants can submittheir application during the time the competition is open and send pictures of their artworks or videos to the email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please, email us the following additional information about your artwork:

Title of the artwork (in English)

Name and surname of the author (or authors if you participate as a group)

Category of your artwork (Modern dance, Cinema or Video, Contemporary art, Imaging, Literature)

Description of the artwork (in English, 4-5 rows describing the background of your work)

If your file is too big to be sent by email, you can use another online platform to share it with us, such as or Dropbox. In this case, please email us the details of your file submission.

4. Date for the competition

The ISWA competition is open from December 1th, 2011.

In order to register to the competition participants have to fill the electronic form and send their artworks by the moment of their registration until the 21 November 2012.

. Selection and announcement of winners

The works of art are evaluated in two steps: first, teachers from secondary schools, where necessary in different countries, will select the entries ofsufficient quality to be submitted to the five juries.

The juries in each category are formed by:

  • Project Coordinator (Prof. Franco Rustichelli
  • One professional critical of art in the discipline under evaluation
  • One scientist with communication experience
  • One scientist (researchers, professors, etc.)
  • For each discipline a jurie will choose seven winners.

    The winners will be selected according to the following criteria:

    Artistic quality.

    Ability to demonstrate common emotional aspects of the creative processes in arts and in science.

    Ability to transmit the meaning of the scientific and/or technological subject of the work.

    The winners will be announced on the ISWA website at the 15 December 2012.

    6. Prizes and final event

    Each one of the 35 winning groups of students (or individual winners) will be awarded with gifts having a value of around 1000 euro (the cost has been estimated for students group: for example a team of dancers will receive one collective prize, as tickets for each individual for a ballet in a prestigious theatre), each related to his discipline (for instance the winners of contemporary art competition could receive artistic books or a trip to the Venice Biennale or art journal subscription).

    The winners will then be invited to the final event of the ISWA project in February 2013 in Grenoble. More information about the Final event will be published on the ISWA website.

    7. Copyright

    Participants of the ISWA competition ensure that their artworks are original, previously unpublished, do not promote anti-humanistic ideas, violence, racist, ethnical, religious and other discriminating and abusing manifestations.

    Entrants of the ISWA competition allow the organisers and partners of the ISWA project and members of the competition’s evaluation committees to use the artworks and pieces written for the purposes of implementation and dissemination of the project.

    Artworks, videos, images, fiction pieces, pictures of performances selected in the international competition will be published on the web site of the ISWA project.

    8. Responsibility

    Organisers cannot be held responsible for the cancellation, postponement or modification of the competition due to unforeseen circumstances, nor can they be held responsible for any theft, loss, delay or damage during the competition or the events surrounding it. Furthermore, the dates mentioned for awarding ceremonies can be changed due to organisational reasons or unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, the participants shall be advised as soon as possible by email.

    9. Acceptance of the rules

    Participation in the ISWA competition implies full acceptance of these rules.

    10. Personal data protection

    The personal information provided by participants on registration for the competition will be stored in protected databases by the ISWA consortium. Only the staff from the ISWA consortium member organisations will have access to this database at any given time. All personal data will be used exclusively in connection with the ISWA competition’s goals and will be destroyed after the end of the project.

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