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Art Gallery

ESCMID Global Art Gallery – One Health

Each year we have another focus, and we are looking forward to receiving your submissions from all around the world. 


Following three years of successful Art Galleries at ECCMID 2021, 2022 & 2023, we are pleased to host the ESCMID Global (formerly known as ECCMID) Art Gallery once again in 2024! 


The 2024 ESCMID Global Art Gallery book is now available here.

If you like to have a look at the previous Art Gallery books you will find them on the bottom of this page. 


Winners 2024

Here we showcase the top 5 art pieces from the ESCMID Global 2024 Art Gallery you can see their work here ahead of the full Art Gallery. Congratulations to these artists and enjoy!


1. place: "Tous pour un, un pour tous" by Anne-Xander van der Stel, Netherlands (Digital Art)

In a farm laboratory, a group of cows are busy conducting molecular tests on samples of milk, meat and faeces. They are wearing protective gloves and lab coats, and using pipettes, tubes and microscopes. They are part of a One Health initiative that aims to prevent antibiotic resistance by monitoring and detecting resistant bacteria in the environment. One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that recognises the health of people, animals and ecosystems are closely linked and interdependent. By applying One Health principles, these cows are contributing to a sustainable, healthy and resilient future for all.


2. place: "Yin-Yang" by Sertaç Küçükkaya, Turkey (Decoration)

Nature and medicine together form a unity – One Health. In this collage art, the interconnected structure of nature and medicine is emphasised, inspired by Yin-Yang. It is highlighted that they are both opposite and supportive of each other, with vials, syringes and various medical supplies on one side and leaves and plants on the other side.


3. place: "aDNA" by Anna Dumitriu, United Kingdom (Sculpture)

This contemporary animal bone has been carved with textures that explore the processes of bioarchaeology and of infection with bovine tuberculosis, a zoonotic disease that has been transferred to humans from livestock since ancient times, often through the consumption of infected milk. The carvings are impregnated with an actual fragment of ancient DNA (aDNA), known as an insertion element, which is an indicator for tuberculosis-causing organisms, in this case Mycobacterium bovis (bovine tuberculosis). The artist worked hands on in the lab with bioarchaeologist Professor Mike Taylor to extract and amplify the aDNA from human Iron age remains from the Siberian permafrost.


4. place: "A handmade antimicrobial resistance" by Maria Dolci, Italy (Decoration)

A funny handmade crochet decoration of an increasing global threat – antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus, represented here, are two of the main bacteria involved in this global issue.


5. place: "Eccentricities in Plasmodium: A Humorous Journey" Antonio Beltran, Spain (Photography)

Sometimes, the hunt for Plasmodium-infected red blood cells in Giemsa-stained thin blood films can be "funny" (always keeping the utmost respect for the patient). All images correspond to an 8-year-old boy from Equatorial Guinea with a Plasmodium falciparum infection. We can clearly distinguish the Plasmodium infected red blood cell with: (a) exophthalmos; (b) the nearsighted one with glasses (missing only the temples of the glasses); (c) the drunkard one after drinking a few glasses of quinine; (d) the thinker one, or; (e) the one suffering from strabismus.


Best Agar Art: "Bacterial Farm" Rocío Arazo del Pino, Germany (Agar Art)

“One Health” is based on the understanding that human, animal and environmental health are closely linked. In the One Health approach, the various disciplines - human medicine, veterinary medicine, environmental sciences - work together across disciplines to counteract, for example, the transmission of pathogens and play a key role in combating antimicrobial resistance. Resistance knows no borders and can spread quickly between humans, animals and the environment, making its way from the farm to our table.


Best ESCMID Global Art: "One Health at Barcelone Sagrada Familia" Silvia Caamaño García, Spain (Agar Art)

OneHealth is represented in human (hand), animal (track) and environment (plant) images. In this congress, we have combined the idea of one-health with an icon of the congress city, the temple of Sagrada Familia. E. coli, S. aureus, P. mirabilis and C. albicans have contributed equally to this work.


Disclaimer: This year we received our first submissions of AI generated artwork which have been included in the official ESCMID Global 2024 Art Gallery. Starting next year, we will have a separate category for AI-generated and digital art to accommodate these new forms of media creation.


Previous Art Gallery Books

In 2021, we focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and asked our community to express what they felt during that difficult time.


See the 2021 ECCMID Art Gallery book here


In 2022, we continued this project and we called out for art around the topic “At the forefront of the pandemic and beyond”.


See the 2022 ECCMID Art Gallery book here


With more submissions than ever, the ECCMID 2023 Art Galley hosted over 90 submissions around “Not just COVID”, exploring the other facets of infectious disease and beyond.


See the 2023 ECCMID Art Gallery book here