2020 was a year like no other, with many scientists working remotely instead of from the lab. Nonetheless, Addgene’s annual Deck the Lab competition drew upon the creativity of the community, who delivered impressive science-themed holiday decorations yet again. This year, we had two different categories: one for decorations in the lab, and one for home.
The Addgenies voted, and selected three winners in each category. Congratulations to the winners!
Deck the Lab: Classic Edition Winners
In a tie for first place, the Vestibular Lab decorated not just their lab, but their entire floor, and put together a festive video to showcase it all!
The Tarling-Vallim Lab’s first place-winning entry doubled as their lab’s decoration competition, and each lab member used an impressive variety of lab materials to create their decorations!
Despite all the craziness of 2020, for our Zoom #HolidayParty, we were able to #DeckTheLab and continue the tradition we started last year: The Christmas Decoration Competition! #ScienceFun #ZoomParty @Addgene pic.twitter.com/drNBUdlQco— The Tarling-Vallim Lab (@TarlingVallim) December 19, 2020
In third place, the BTC Institute decorated with dozens of individual virus snowflakes, since snowflakes and viruses both exhibit similar forms of symmetry.
🎶Walking in a Winter Wonderlab🎶 We decided to #DeckTheLab with virus snowflakes from @CVRHutchinson #SciArt #STEAM #WinterWonderlab @Addgene— BTC Institute (@BTCInstitute1) December 23, 2020
Make your own here!: https://t.co/AnltWfKuQg pic.twitter.com/OOrwo9feyJ
Deck the Lab: Home Edition Winners
Winning first place in the home edition, the MicrobiGals created glow in the dark petri dish ornaments and microbe cookies!
🤗 🤗 🤗 We hope everyone has a safe and festive Holiday season. 🙌 🥂 🎄 🎉— Microbigals (@MicrobiGals) December 23, 2020
😷 Remember wear a mask,
☎️ call up an old friend. Remind them you care!#thanks #health #mentalhealth https://t.co/Td2M6AOpuW pic.twitter.com/ofLI4eD8Zs
In second place, Dr. Anne Madden created a microbe advent tree displaying over 25 archaea, bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Final tree with the complete #MicrobeAdventCalendar ornament set (plus more!) It features archaea, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and one microbe ornament even dyed with real microbial pigment. Check out the hashtag to see the description of all the ornaments. #DeckTheLab @Addgene pic.twitter.com/GsAlD6sjM6— Dr. Anne A Madden (@AnneAMadden) December 23, 2020
In third place is Matthijs Dorst’s Deck the Lab Nativity scene below his Christmas tree!
Congratulations to the winners! We’ll DM you with instructions to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone who entered. Keep an eye on Addgene’s social media throughout the year for more fun contests!
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