Upcoming Workshops

Scientific Illustration Workshop

About the workshop

This online workshop by the Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar on Scientific Illustration from 9 – 16 July 2020 is designed for students who wish to improve the expression of their research through 3D illustrations.

This 7-day workshop has the following software requirements. All softwares are open-source 

  • Blender
  • Inkscape
  • GIMP

The first session will be conducted online, and the following sessions will be guided projects through tutorials shared by the instructor. Participants will have a live Q&A session each day regarding any discussion or tutorial-related query. You may also ask questions at any time on the open forum.

About the instructor

Rafeeque Mavoor is a science illustrator currently working at the Science Media Centre, IISER Pune. He works with researchers at the centre, developing scientific illustrations for scientific publications and science communication pieces. Rafeeque completed his BS-MS dual degree with a major in chemistry from IISER Thiruvananthapuram (IISER TVM) and has been working on scientific illustration and animation projects for the past 2.5 years at IITSER TVM and Pune. Since then, he has conducted multiple science illustration workshops at Singularity 2019 science fest (IISER Bhopal), Wow Science (IISER Pune), and the Khula Aasman workshop.

To view more about Rafeeque and his work, visit scidart.com/

Who should apply?

Undergraduates, to Post Doc with a scientific research background, may find this workshop useful, however, the workshop is open for anyone interested in learning scientific illustration

Time Commitment

7 days, 2 hours per day (variable), from 9 to 16 July


Day 1 (4 – 5:30 PM IST)
  • Introductory session on ‘Fundamentals of Graphic Design’
Day 2 , 3 , 4
  • Introduction to Blender (Modelling, Materials, Lighting, Modifiers, Rendering)

          Project 1: 3D Illustration of a Synapse

          Project 2: 3D Illustration of reuptake by the presynaptic neuron

Day 5, 6, 7
  • Introduction to 2D vector illustration by Inkscape
  • Image editing using GIMP

          Project 3: Compositing a ready to publish illustration of the biology of the Synapse

Last date to apply

6 July 2021. Limited seats