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Arctic Science to Art Contest


In partnership with ACUNS, we launched the Illustrate Your Research contest in June 2022. Media release here.

Early-career researchers, students and northern research assistants were encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge about an issue that affects northern communities and explain their work in plain language.

Each year, the contest winner will collaborate with a graphic artist to create a comic strip about their research.


Check out our winning comic strips from the past two years below, and if you're interested in applying in fall 2024, submission details are at the bottom of the page!

The 2023 winner was Myrah Graham, an MSc candidate at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Myrah worked with graphic artist Misha Donohoe to illustrate their research on bentho
s communities in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut .

Check out the comic to the right! Scroll to see versions in English, French, Inuktitut, and Inuttitut.

Also, check out more great work by Misha Donohoe!



In 2022, Spencer Weinstein (University of Waterloo), worked with graphic artist MartinPM to illustrate their research.

Check out full versions of this comic in English, French, and Inuktitut.


Also, check out some other great work from MartinPM!

Arctic Science to Art Contest Submissions 

To enter the contest, please submit:

(1) a 100-word plain language summary of your northern research
(2) a photo of your research

(3) answers to all questions in the application form

One submission will be selected for an opportunity to work a professional artist 
who will transform your research into an illustrative story panel.


(1) Applicant must be associated with a Canadian university, college, or other institution

(2) Any discipline (natural science, social science, applied science, humanities)

(3) The research must be conducted within the defined geographic boundary

(above the discontinuous permafrost line )

Please note that APECS Canada Board Members are ineligible to apply.

Next round of submissions will be accepted in September 2024.

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