World Water Day 17

Water through the microscope and the camera

The exposition “Water through the microscope and the camera” was held in March 22, 2017 at the Plenum Gallery, Catania to celebrate the World Water Day 2017. The popular science event was dedicated to water and microscopic life, which is only visible through a microscope and could be captured by the camera. The wall images and video presentation and the scientific seminar revealed the life hidden in a drop of water, combining science, art and photography

MicrobEco promoted knowledge about microorganisms in water to the public of non-experts. Seeing the hidden beauty of Nature, people could better appreciate nature, be less victim of misinformation and elaborate  their opinion about environmental and health policies

The Scientific Committee includes personalities from the academics and not: Manuela Coci (MicrobEco) , Gian Marco Luna (CNR-ISMAR-Ancona), Stefano Amalfitano (CNR-IRSA), Angelina Lo Giudice (CNR-IAMC), Antonietta Rosso (Università di Catania), Chiara Pennesi (Università Politecnica delle Marche), Grazia Quero (CNR-ISMAR-Venezia), Fabrizio Joppolo (Nikon Instruments), Michele Nubile (Mima srl), Franco Ferro, Alberto Castro (Plenum Gallery).

Patronage and sponsors: Academia Gioenia of the University of Catania, CNR – ISMAR (Institute for Marine Sciences), CNR IRSA (Institute for Water Research), United Nation- World Water Day, SciencED Nikon and  Nikon Small World photomicrography Competition, NPI-Italian S.r.l.- a Neoperl Company, A2D-Analisi Acqua a Domicilio, Plenum Gallery, MIarte exclusive.


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Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism (250x). 1st Place 2013 -Wim van Egmond-Micropolitan Museum- Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands.
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Water Crystal (25x). Nikon Small World 2005 Photomicrography Competition -Image of Distinction- Raul M. Gonzalez- Raul Gonzalez Estudio- Mexico City, Mexico.
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Daphnia sp. (100x) Nikon Small World 2010 – Image of Distinction- José R. Almodóvar – University of Puerto Rico (UPR)- Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Microscopia ottica in campo scuro.
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Spicules of sponges originating from the Bisbe Cave within the Capo Caccia-Punta Giglio Marine protected Area (Sardinia) – -8 metres depth. Image by Antonietta Rosso- Università di Catania. Scanning Electron Microscope TESCAN VEGA II LMU, Low Vacuum acquisition mode with backscattered electrons.
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Pleurotaenium ovatum (microalgae, 40x) Nikon Small World 2014 Photomicrography Competition -17th Place -Rogelio Moreno Gill- Panama, Panama.
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Diatom frustules of Mastogloia corsicana Grunow (benthic algae, scale bar 40 µm). Ultra-high Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope SU8010 (Freie Universität Berlin). Image by Chiara Pennesi, Department of Life and Environment Science, Faculty of Science, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. Subject Matter: