To celebrate LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day on November 18 2020, we invited queer-identifying STEMM folks of all ages and stages to take science communication to a new level. We challenged them to create and share a single static image that explains their research (or a specific scientific topic) within the four corners of a napkin or serviette.

This competition was proudly organised and run in collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne. You can find more details about Science on a Serviette on their website.

Congratulations to our winner Sarah Sandford and our runner-up Matthew Coleman, who won gift vouchers for Hares & Hyenas Bookshop.

Science on a Serviette Gallery


Sarah Sandford | Immunology
Twitter: @SciWithSarah


Matthew Coleman | PhD Student in Genetics and Molecular Biology
Twitter: @GeneticsMatt | Instagram: @Mattachewbacca

Catriona Nguyen-Robertson | Immunology
Twitter: @CatrionaNR | Instagram: @nyuroscientist

Conor McCafferty | I’m a PhD student at MCRI in paediatric haematology research
Twitter: @ConorJMcCaff

Holly Melland | PhD Candidate in Neuroscience. I study genetic disorders of synaptic communication
Twitter: @SynapticHolly

Mohammad Taha | Materials Engineering
Twitter: @TahaSciencing

Arthur Forrest | Medical Science, specifically Haematology, Microbiology and Histology
Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith | Astrophysics
Twitter: @lisaharveysmith

Jess Stromberg | Geoscience
Twitter: @DrJessStromberg

Nicola Straiton | Cardiovascular Research
Twitter: @NicStraiton

Alexander Nguyen

Sarah Gordon | Neuroscientist
Twitter: @TheGordonLab