The UK nationwide NOBELini scheme welcomed applications from a broad spectrum of designers and scientists. 60 applicants (30 science, 30 design) were shortlisted to participate in a speed-dating event at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre in May 2009. Participants specified collaborative preferences and 30 scientist-designer pairs were devised.

Pairs were given until September 2009 to brainstorm and devise proposals for designs, which celebrate and/or communicate science across 4 themes: stem cells, energy and recycling, synthetic and systems biology and imaging. A total of 24 proposals were subsequently reviewed and graded by an international jury of professional designers and scientists.

The three most highly scoring proposals were awarded prizes of £2000 to develop their designs. Design prototypes were exhibited at the Dana Centre in February 2010. The exhibition launched on Wednesday 10th February 2010 with a speech from Sir Tim Hunt, who participated in the sibling project, Nobel Textiles and Professor Amanda Fisher (Director, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre), Fabrics of Life project pioneer.

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