Syeda Lammim Ahad, PhD student, Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands.
As astronomer and artist, born and raised in Bangladesh. Strongly support for equity, diversity, inclusion, and sustainable practices in STEAM and academia.
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What was the inspiration behind your artwork?
This artwork is inspired by how I see diversity and inclusion as a fundamental requirement to produce groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Doing science is like solving the biggest puzzle in the Universe that helps us to understand how nature works in the process. And the best way towards breaking barriers in discovery is by joining forces of every single curious person on our home planet who is willing to contribute. No matter how big the Earth seems, it is only a 'pale blue dot' compared to the vastness of the Universe. On this tiny planet, the diversity in people is beautiful, and we need all the different views and ideas to progress. Because we are all in this together.
Title of work: Science is a puzzle we solve together on Earth.
My artwork is a mix-media painting.
What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today’s society?
Both are beautiful! Science and art both help us to see the beauty of nature and life - in different ways. With modern scientific and technological advancement, I think science and art getting an ever-growing cross-section. Art helps us to translate science and science inspires innovation in art. Science-art is a great way to communicate science and add a new way of artistic expression.