We would like to thank everyone who entered our Logo Competition. We were incredibly impressed with the quality of the entries, and had a hard time choosing the winner. 

We’ve decided to showcase the winners, as well as our favourite runners up in the imaged below. 


Helen Marshall, University of Edinburgh. 

“I am a PhD student at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh where I’m using human organoids or ‘mini-brains’ to study neurodevelopment. Before starting my PhD, I worked in the histology department at the QMRI and did my degree in Anatomy at the University of Glasgow. I started more digital drawing over the last year, and being able to use art and science together to design the new logo was a nice challenge. When I’m not working on my Phd project I’m a keen photographer, rugby player, Ireland/Ulster fan and skier.”

Helen wins £350 sponsored by Nikon for her winning design.

2nd Prize

Dr Dionne Turnbull, University of Dundee. 

“I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Dundee. My work focuses on the cell and molecular biology of the late blight pathogen Phytopthora infestans; the most destructive disease of the potato crop worldwide. I am particularly interested in mechanisms of disease and resistance – pathogen effector proteins, how they work to increase virulence, and how they are recognised. I currently work in the group of Professor Paul Birch: (https:www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/people/paul-birch).

My logo design represents a scanning electron microscope image of a thistle pollen grain, with a bold font inspired by the Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Illustration is a major hobby of mine, and I’ve had the opportunity to combine my love for art and science in journal covers, conference material and logos. Examples of my work can be seen here: https://www.dionneturnbull.com/

Thank you for selecting me as your competition runner up – I look forward to the annual symposium on 3rd November 2019!”

Dionne wins £50  from the Scottish Microscopy Society for her clever design.

Dr Ashley Dorning, University of Edinburgh

“I studied for my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology at the University of Dundee, and subsequently was awarded a SULSA-funded PhD in neuroscience working jointly at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee. After my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Budapest at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, before moving back to Scotland where I worked as a lab manager, and then postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh. My research has been varied, working in areas of receptor signalling neuroscience, cancer and endometriosis. I have always continued to do art as a hobby, and have painted pictures for friends (my paintings can be viewed here for those interested https://www.facebook.com/AJDorningArtwork/). I am now on maternity leave and hope to combine science with my artwork to create a new career. I enjoed the challenge of this competition and it was a great experience for me to come up with ideas for a symbol that would instantly make people think of Scotland and microscopes. I settled on designing a thistle that transitioned into an outline of the classic light microscope. I am humbled to have been awarded 3rd prize in this competition and feel galvanized to keep working on art inspired by science. Thank you to the Scottish Microscopy Society and congratulations to the winner of the competition for an incredible design.” 

Ashley wins £25 from the Scottish Microscopy Society for the beautiful design.

Runners Up

Dr Ewa Guzniczak is a Post Doctoral researcher at Heriot Watt University
Amit Nevo
Amit Nevo is a Graphic Designer at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Nicolas Loyer is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Dundee
Hamer Dodds is a DJCAD Student at the University of Dundee
Mr Neil Kempsell is a Technical Manager at the University of Edinburgh
Dr Jessica Valli is Facility Manager of ESRIC at Heriot Watt University
Lucy MacDonald is a PhD student at the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow
Lynn McGarry is the Scientific Officer at the Beatson Cancer Institute at the University of Glasgow.
Lynn McGarry is the Scientific Officer at the Beatson Cancer Institute at the University of Glasgow.