Scientists strike the pose

The second AXA Research Fund photo contest is over, and the “likers” have designated three winners. When researchers pick up their cameras, they let their imaginations run loose! ALL NEWS  |  Risk & Research
Oct 12, 2016

Since early September, strange photos have been popping up on the AXA Research Fund Facebook page. It was tough for visitors to choose among the fantastic submissions using special effects and unusual situations to illustrate research themes that are often complex.

Three researchers nevertheless stood apart by attracting the most likes on Facebook.

First place went to Bogdan Antonescu, from the University of Manchester, who is working on tornado detection and risk prevention in Europe. Giulia Bucchioni, from the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, came in second. She is researching how the human body and human emotions are related and interact, in particular in the creation of empathy. Cosmin Corendea, from the United Nations University Germany, took the third slot with his photo illustrating his research on new legal approaches to climate change scenarios.

Thirteen researchers in all submitted photos of their extraordinary work, and the pictures are equally mind-bending. Here are a few:

Lorenzo Albertazzi, working on viruses transmission, and Katrina Brown, working on resilience issues
Helen Colhoun, finding ways to combine Big Data and medicine to fight deseases, and Lars-Eric Heimburger, working in the Arctic deep on the role of mercury in the food supply

See all the photos on the AXA Research Fund Facebook page

About the Fund:

The AXA Research Fund is the scientific philanthropy initiative of global insurance leader AXA dedicated to boosting scientific progress and discoveries that contribute to understand and better prepare against environmental, life and socio-economic risks. It also encourages supported researchers public engagement to help feed the public debate. Since the Fund was created in 2007, it has committed €149 million to support 492 projects researching socio-economic, climate and health risks in 33 countries.