“A lost chapter” — a beautiful #SciPoem for #SciCommChall by Dipika Mishra

Dipika Mishra submitted this beautiful science poem for July’s #SciCommChall and we are excited to share it here! Do you have a poem you would like to share with us? Or an #upgoerfive? Or anything related to our old challenges? Just get in touch! 🙂


I am but a lost chapter in an ancient book,
Yellowed by the passage of time;
Dwelling only in a few people’s memory,
Like a old dismantled Fort which only very few have seen.

The contents of the book are changed and so is its outlook,
Every new reader enjoys this new content
Little caring about the lost chapter
That remains buried in the coffin of time.

Hmm, the truth of nature is thus followed
Evolution they say is what enables this change
From an old lost chapter metamorphosis occurs
And then brand new content takes over.

Sustainably observe the ocean: A #SciPoem about the AtlantOS project!

Sandra Ketelhake wrote a #scipoem about the project AtlantOS*, which aims at optimising and enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems and I am so excited that she submitted it to July’s #SciCommChall! 🙂

Find out more about AtlantOS in her poem:

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*The AtlantOS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633211

Core history — a #scipoem by Niall Firth

Do you need more inspiration for July’s #SciCommChall — writing a #SciPoem?

Then I have a treat for you!

“Core history” by Niall Firth (@niallfirth on Twitter) was written for ice alive (@icealivetweets on Twitter, @icealiveinsta on Instagram), an organization that “aims to bridge science and art to explore the coldest parts of our planet”.

I loved this poem so much and I am very grateful I got permission to share it on #SciCommChall! It’s one of a series of six — go check out the rest, too! 🙂

A #SciPoem for July’s #SciCommChall!

Mirjam writing:

How are all your #SciPoems for July’s #SciCommChall coming along? I was lucky enough to attend a three-day workshop on #SciencePoems with Sam Illingworth (definitely check out his blog: A new #SciencePoem every week!) the first half of this week, and this is one of 6 poems that I wrote. I mainly picked this one to post here because I had a nice picture to go with it and to show that the bar for calling something a #SciencePoem doesn’t have to be terribly high 😉

Our July #SciCommChall: Write a #SciPoem! Join us! :-)

Welcome to the July #SciCommChall! This month, we will be writing science poetry.

Yes, I know, that sounds a little scary. But it’s not!

There are tons of different kinds of poems, and you are of course welcome to choose whatever form you like (check out the hashtag #SciPoem for surprisingly many, awesome poems!). But to make things a little less difficult and scary, I asked the King of Science Poems, Sam Illingworth*, for advice on which type of poem might be suitable for this challenge, and he suggested starting with a list poem. I found these funny instructions for writing list poems and can’t wait to start!

What topic should you use? Anything related to your science, your typical day as a scientist, science in general, whatever you like. In any case, don’t overthink, just give it a shot!

I am super excited to see what everybody will come up with! Have fun and don’t forget to share with us! 🙂

*Sam’s blog is great for inspiration, he posts weekly poems on cutting edge research from many different fields. And he does research on, among other equally interesting things, the accessibility of rhymed abstracts for research articles! Maybe you should consider writing a poem as abstract for your next article, too? Inspired by Sam’s work, I have written a couple of poems about some of my own and my friends’ articles, and it was great fun and a very different way to look at the familiar science!