The prize trophies for Science and SciLifeLab Prize for young scientists have been designed by Alicia Bergsten. She has a PhD in medical genetics from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and started her company ARV Swedish Design when doing her post doc.
“I am very proud of this work and I consider it a great honor.” said Alicia Bergsten.
“I decided to shape it like a globe, symbolizing the earth, which consists of silver puzzle pieces shaped like chromosomes. I think research is very much like laying a puzzle where you look for a specific piece that fits into something you already know. When you find that piece you create a bigger picture that someone else can add more puzzle pieces to.”
Alicia has designed two prizes before; the Mendel Lecture Prize for European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) bestowed by the ESHG, and the LabTech award for Labtech magazine. She likes to add small details to the prices she designs, details that are not obvious at first sight and that makes you think a little extra. In the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists trophies she has inserted one single black chromosome amongst the silver ones.
“The black chromosome symbolizes that last piece that makes the puzzle complete and solves the scientific question. It is for finding this piece that the awardees have received the Prize.” said Alicia