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Natural sciences and art don't go together?
We think they do!

This year, for the first time, the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI (ELH) is inviting entries for the interdisciplinary art competition ARTifact - Imaging MRI, and calls on scientists, artists and all creative people to show us what they can do!

We are looking for creative, visual contributions (photographs, collages, digital and traditional images), which deal with or are inspired by the current research work at the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI.

True to the ELH‘s motto, this year‘s overarching theme is:


How are pain and placebos related? What does learned fear look like? How does addiction feel like? What would a person look like in a magnetic field, if you could see the field? How do you "build" an MRI? Let us know! You can find further information on our research fields here.

The competition is endowed with a prize of 3x200 Euros for the three best entries. Additionally, 2x2 tickets to the RuhrMuseum will be raffled off among all participants.

The submission deadline for entries is November 30th, 2023. From December 1st to December 14th, there will be a public online voting here on the ELH website to determine the winning entries. The winners will be then announced on December 15th, 2023.

The winning entries will be exhibited both on site at the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI and online on our website and X (formerly Twitter). They will also be exhibited at the Erwin L. Hahn Lecture & Workshop 2024.

The voting is now open!

a paint splotch

Conditions of participation

  • Participation is open to all members of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr University Bochum, the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg and the Radboud University Nijmegen, as well as members of joined research projects (e.g. collaborative research unit or CRC) in which the ELH is involved.
  • Each participant can submit multiple artworks. However, only one artwork per artist (the one  with the most votes) will be considered in the final winner line-up. 
  • The copyright of the contributions must be held by the submitting artists. It is important to note that the image rights for collages must also belong to you or be explicitly free for use. Therefore, no AI-generated images may be used. 
  • All contributions will be anonymised before the submissions are displayed online for voting in order to ensure equal opportunities. 
  • Digital submissions must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Physical artworks may not extend the size of DIN A0 (84,1 cm x 118,9 cm).
  • In addition, all entries must be accompanied by a short text of no more than 250 words, briefly explaining the artwork, and the title of the work.

Please send your digital entries to this email address:

Physical artworks (e.g. paintings) should be sent to

Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI
Kokereiallee 7
D - 45141 Essen

Submission deadline is November 30th, 2023.

By participating, participants agree that the submitted works may be published and/or exhibited by the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI for an unlimited period of time. This includes photographs of the work used in publications such as the annual research report, the website, X (formerly Twitter), flyers, etc.

The result of the online voting is final. There is no legal recourse.