On November 2, the first meeting of scientific and natural illustrators under the title “Art, Science and Nature” organized by Illustraciencia and the MNCN took place in the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) in Madrid, with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).
This event, which brought together 70 participants from professionals and people interested in the field of scientific illustration from different parts of the country as well as from other countries such as Chile, Argentina and Colombia, was inaugurated by Pilar López, MNCN-CSIC’s communication and public programs director, and Miquel Baidal, Illustraciencia’s founder and coordinator. López stated that “this museum was the ideal place to celebrate the meeting and to jointly develop the Illustraciencia exhibition”. On the other hand, Baidal reflected on the evolution of the project and said that “the meeting was necessary and it is the beginning of a new phase for Illustrations”.
Then, the inaugural lecture started with Manuel J. Salesa, a paleontology researcher, and Mauricio Antón, a paleo-artist, who explained the whole process to recreate the past. Subsequently, fourteen eight-minute talks were conducted by several professionals who explained their personal projects in which the scientific illustration was the central part. They were visible from editorial publications, web pages, mobile applications and naturalistic drawings, etc. During the meeting, the participants collaborated in group dynamics organized by Pilar Barros, in which they indicated what they had and what they could offer in the field of scientific illustration. The day ended with a networking between the participants. “Illustraciencia is the platform that has to group all professionals in the sector, we will create a working group to promote the profession, exchange experiences and organize activities,” concluded Baidal.
Raul Toran, the president of the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC), closed the meeting indicating that “Illustraciencia is a collaborative project and we invite entities and companies interested in scientific dissemination to join and to grow this project “.