Art for art's sake is one thing, but art to educate is another. We are focused on that other thing, Using art as a tool for communication. Art is a universal language that can be used to communicate global topics and scientific research. By speaking in this language, we may be able to reach a broader audience and make a  larger impact. Emerging Creatives of Science focuses on artists who are creative STEAM thinkers aiming to bridge the gap between art and science. Join our community and receive support for your own communicative SciArt career. For more information get in contact with us or join us at our upcoming events.


"Coral Feeding" by Brett Lewis

PhD Candidate 

Queensland University of Technology


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Using art as a tool to communicate science



Bridging the gap

At Emerging Creatives of Science, we understand the importance of communication. As we shift the paradigm back to the focus on the interdisciplinary, we aim to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists and the public. Our community serves as an educational branch and support system for all our members by being a special place where their creative juices can flow freely. We’re dedicated to our artists, scientists, and discipline connectors by providing them with showcasing and networking space. It’s our mission to ensure that the arts remain strong, especially in the world of research and analytical thinking. We offer workshops, seminars, collaborative projects, and exhibits to highlight the importance of the STEAM perspective. We are currently open for SciArt project proposals, so get in contact to submit your ideas.



We were founded in 2018 by Melissa Pappas, a marine scientist and self-taught artist. We are currently based in Sydney, Australia with aims to collaborate and grow with creative leaders and artists from around the world. Currently we host exhibits and events showcasing our team of artists, scientists, and communicators through avenues at UNSW and University of Newcastle. Get in contact to collaborate with us.


Artist: Vikie Lui @studio_kaka


SciArt Murals

SciArt is the practice of using art as a tool to communicate and educate an audience in scientific research. The approach is a more tangible way to interact with science and a better form of education for visual learners. Since many of us are not experts in technical scientific research, the SciArt approach to understanding science is much appreciated. These SciArt murals showcase pairs of scientists and artists illustrating coral reefs in the face of climate change. The murals are currently located on the Chancellery walk of UNSW upper campus, but will be moving around campus for future SciArt events.



The Founders

Future Leaders

The team at Emerging Creatives of Science is made up of experienced and talented artists who love teaching and mentoring others. We are currently based in Sydney, Australia, but work with artists, scientists and communicators around the world.


VP & Co-Founder

Specializing in poetic travel writing, Elijah uses creative communicating skills in the literal sense. Elijah's combined experiences in creative writing and global business have strengthened his ability to communicate effectively and deeply with audiences from different backgrounds.


President & Co-Founder

Melissa is a PhD student from UNSW studying marine science. Her passion for educating the public on the threats of climate change to coral reefs is what drives her creative process. Her desire for communicating creatively led her to develop the ECOS community.


International Collaborator

Hana is a Jeddah-based artist as well as a PhD student in marine science. She is an abstract painter who uses her mixed Saudi-American culture and her scientific research as sources for inspiration. Hana is working with emerging artists in Saudi Arabia while providing support to ECOS as an international collaborator.


Space, Art, Science, Community

If ECOS sounds like a community you'd like to collaborate with, get in contact with us. We are looking for creative spaces to host events and exhibits. We are also on the lookout for professionals that could benefit by interacting with our community. We work in symbiosis in hopes to benefit you as much as you benefit us.

Painted Heart


New South Wales, Australia


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