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ECOS is an international community of artists and storytellers on a mission to make science spaces more inclusive through collaboration.

We use the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, like actually working together, to make both science and art spaces more inclusive of people from all walks of life.


We aim to increase scientific engagement through creative projects that inspire action for the planet. 


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Graphic Artist

Founder & Creative Director


Our founding team is made up of ambitious women with backgrounds in both science and art and years of experience in creative communication positions.


Emerging Creatives of Science was founded in 2018 by Melissa Pappas, a marine scientist turned creative communicator on a mission to deliver fun and impactful science stories. With a knack for building networks of ambitious people, Melissa gathered artists, scientists and storytellers to form the collaborative community.


Early ECOS projects were hosted at the University of New South Wales and included coral reef SciArt murals and a women in science photography exhibit.

In 2020, ECOS pivoted to meet a different kind of need, a sense of belonging and direction for those at the intersection of art and science. The ECOS blog took off as a story-sharing tool for creative science communicators finding their own path and connecting with like-minded people. 

A few years later, both the need for holistic communication initiatives and the talent in the ECOS community grew to a point where we needed to shift again.


In 2023, ECOS was established as a collaborative, international "agency" to improve scientific literacy, democratize knowledge and inspire action.

ECOS offers always-unique, never-boring communication services to science professionals across the globe.

Get in touch to learn more.

Why use

in science communication?





Art can communicate across languages and technical jargon, allowing your work to reach a wider audience.

Art creates emotional connections to concepts, phenomena, and crises, encouraging people to authentically act on those issues.

When used to illustrate science research, art in any form can transform perspectives.

You tell us your science communication goals and we will assemble the team that can make it happen.
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