Miquel Baidal Crespo, coordinator at Illustraciencia, studied at the school of art La Massana, in Barcelona. During this period, he attended an exhibition which showed scientific botanical illustrations. At this moment, he believed that scientific illustration should be recognised around the world and focused his final project on developing Illustraciencia. His history allowed him to know first-hand professionals in the field and the state of scientific illustration in relation to society.
Since 2009, Illustraciencia has grown with help from the Catalan Scientific Communication Association (ACCC) and has expanded with more participants, courses and activities. The society’s interest in scientific illustration has increased with every edition. The growing interest of several entities in supporting the itinerant exhibition and the number of visitors are proof of that. The first edition was funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya through its grants to actions in the communication scientific field (ACDC). The second one was funded with its own resources and since the third edition, Illustraciencia counts on grants from the Ministry of Science, and Innovation, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT). Since the sixth edition, the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) has joined the project.
In 2017 the International Advisory Committee was created to guarantee the correct scientific illustration communication.
This Committee is formed by professionals committed to scientific illustration, among which we can find different profiles from professional scientific illustrators to outreach technicians who work every day to transmit information with veracity and rigor.
Erizo común Sara Domínguez Sainz