EGU General Assembly 2021
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Inspiring creativity in science-inspired art and music in the digital world.

Shane Hanlon
Shane Hanlon
  • American Geophysical Union, Sharing Science, Arlington, United States of America (

The mission of the American Geophysical Union’s Sharing Science program is to provide scientists with the skills, tools, and opportunities they need to share their science with any audience. While we in the program possess the skills and expertise to do this, we also believe that it’s beneficial for artists to learn from, and be inspired by, their peers. To achieve this goal, we created a digital space for science artists to share their work and creative processes.

In 2020, we launched two specials series on our blog: AGU Rocks and Drawn to Geoscience. The purpose of these series was to highlight scientists who write songs and create illustrations about science. We not only wanted to showcase the amazing creative work of science artists but also have them explain their creative and technical processes in as effort to lower the barrier to entry for those who may be interested in pursuing similar creative efforts but don’t know where to start.

By the end of 2020, we received over 40 AGU and Drawn to Geoscience contributions with a queue of posts scheduled for 2021. Because of the huge outpouring of submissions and demonstrated enthusiasm for the content, we are planning to expand this into a hub for all forms of scicomm via art where science artists can learn from, and be inspired by, their peers, and scientists and non-scientists alike can learn about diverse aspects of science in engaging and accessible ways. 

How to cite: Hanlon, S.: Inspiring creativity in science-inspired art and music in the digital world., EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2980,, 2021.

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