The Science Sketches Story

Our Mission 

Empowering scientists to communicate with the world using big markers and small words.

Science Sketches began in 2014 as a project of Lisa Dennison and Tony Hyman's lab at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. Wanting to make the most of their participation in the eLife Twitter Takeover, Lisa challenged two members of the lab to explain their projects in just 2 minutes. The videos were a hit and quickly became a key way for the lab to present its ongoing research and new publications in a concise, accessible way (also see our longer Cell PaperFlick). 

As the lab's videos grew in popularity and others asked for help creating their own, we knew it was time to expand and create a space where anyone could go to learn about exciting new science, straight from the source. 


At the 2016 Woods Hole HHMI Summer Institute, Lisa teamed up with Liam Holt, whose passion for improving public engagement and understanding of science led to the Science Fundamentals branch of Science Sketches. Lisa and Liam set out to create a go-to library of videos to bring current science research and basic concepts to the public, funders, policy-makers, journalists and more.


Lisa Dennison, photo by MPI-CBG

Lisa Dennison 


Liam Holt

Liam Holt

Head of Education & Outreach

Tony Hyman, photo by Tristan Vostry

Tony Hyman

Advisory Board

Jeff Woodruff, photo by MPI-CBG

Jeff Woodruff

Advisory Board

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