FOTCIENCIA20 exhibition arrives in Donostia / San Sebastián with the best scientific images of 2023

Published: May 27, 2024
  • The exhibition, which brings together 49 beautiful scientific images, can be visited in Kutxa Fundazioa Plaza (4th floor of Tabakalera) until June 23rd
  • FOTCIENCIA, an initiative of CSIC and FECYT with the support of Fundación Occident, celebrates its 20th anniversary by opening its exhibition in the Basque Country.
  • Visually impaired people will be able to enjoy the 10 best photographs in high relief, and the family public an optical workshop offered by the Materials Physics Center.

Biosensores, de Concepción Hernández Castillo, Lola Molina Fernández e Isabel María Sánchez Almazo. Modalidad Micro.

From May 24th to June 23rd, Donostia / San Sebastian hosts the FOTCIENCIA20 exhibition, organized by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) with the support of Fundación Occident and, on this occasion, also Leica Camera.

The exhibition, which comes to the city thanks to the collaboration of Kutxa Fundazioa and the Center for Materials Physics (CSIC-UPV/EHU), brings together 49 nano, micro and macroscopic photographs selected for their beauty, impact and ability to reflect scientific facts. The hatching of a gecko embryo, the symmetry of broccoli or a free radical captured by a tunneling microscope are some of the phenomena portrayed.


Eclosión en laboratorio, de Fernando García Moreno. Modalidad General.

The images, taken by researchers from all areas of knowledge and photography enthusiasts, were chosen from among the more than 475 that were submitted to the latest edition of FOTCIENCIA, an initiative that celebrates its 20th anniversary bringing science closer to society through images and citizen participation.

All photographs are accompanied by a text in which the author explains the scientific interest of the image. To facilitate accessibility and inclusion, these texts can be listened to as audio guides by searching for ‘FOTCIENCIA20’ on the main audio platforms. In addition, for the first time, the exhibition incorporates a high-relief version of the ten award-winning images that, together with an additional audio description, allows visually impaired people to enjoy many of the details.

Meanwhile, family audiences eager to experiment with the optical instruments that make scientific photography possible can sign up for the ‘Scale your world‘ workshop, to be held on June 9. In it, the research staff of the CFM will encourage attendees to explore the environment with magnifying glasses and microscopes and even build a homemade microscope.

Inauguration and awards ceremony

In the 20 years of FOTCIENCIA’s existence, this is the first time that it opens its traveling exhibition and awards ceremony in the Basque Country.

The opening ceremony, which took place on May 24 at Kutza Fundazioa Plaza (4th floor of Tabakalera), where the exhibition can be visited, was attended by the Deputy Delegate of the Spanish Government in Gipuzkoa, Guillermo Echenique, the Deputy Vice President of Scientific Culture and Citizen Science of the CSIC, Pura Fernández, the Director of Scientific Culture and Innovation of the FECYT, Rosa Capeáns, the Director General of Kutxa Fundazioa, Ander Aizpurua, the Deputy Director of the Occident Foundation, Susana Codina, the Deputy Director of the Occident Foundation, Susana Codina, the Director General of the Kutxa Fundazioa, Ander Aizpurua, the Deputy Director of the Occident Foundation, Susana Codina, the Deputy Director of the Occident Foundation, Susana Codina, and the Director of the Kutxa Fundazioa, the deputy director of the Occident Foundation, Susana Codina, the Deputy for Economic Promotion and Strategic Projects of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Ane Insaustia, the institutional coordinator of the CSIC in the Basque Country, Daniel Sanchez, the director of the Center for Materials Physics (CSIC-UPV/EHU), Celia Rogero, the director of the Biophysics Institute (CSIC-UPV/EHU), Iban Ubarretxena, and the director of Innovation and Transfer of the University of the Basque Country, Nagore Tellado.

The event included the presentation of awards to the authors of the ten best images presented: a set of views that pays special attention to neurosciences in the framework of the Cajal Year, food and nutrition, sustainable agriculture and particle physics, and also reflects the perspective of artists and high school students.

A traveling exhibition

FOTCIENCIA20 can be visited until June 23 at Kutxa Fundazioa Plaza (4th floor of Tabakalera) from 10:00 to 21:00 from Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10:00 to 21:00 on Sundays and holidays.

After its premiere in Donostia / San Sebastian, two copies of the exhibition will tour museums and cultural, educational and research centers throughout the year. The exhibition calendar, the form to request a free loan of the exhibition and all the information about FOTCIENCIA20 will be available at