Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre (previously as the Natural History Centre) have run an annual Sci-Art national poster competition since 2007. The competition is open to S1- S3 pupils, and addresses a topical science issue, while encouraging interdisciplinary working.

Full details of the poster competition will be sent to your secondary school; if you want to be added to the mailing list in addition to this please contact us.

2017 - Save our Seas!

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 "Save our Seas" competition are Aboyne Academy, Aberdeenshire.  The standard of entry for this years competition was very high, and we would like to thank all the schools who submitted entries for all their hard work and research that went into the posters.  The judgin panel had a tough job deciding, but the posters from Aboyne Academy were chosen for their clear messages and creative approach.  The school will recieve a camera trap, to monitor the wildlife that is in their surrounding school grounds, and will also hold the prestigious Secondary school shield for the upcoming year.  

A selection of the winning entries will be on display in the James McKay Hall at the University of Aberdeen May Festival, 26th - 28th May.

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Professor David Lusseau with a selection of the winning entries



Download the competition flyer here

Download full terms and conditions here 



2016 - Outdoor Laboratories

Congratulations to Culloden Academy who were the winners of our Outdoor Laboratories Competition. The judges were very impressed with the range of innovative experiments pupils designed to work outside. Congratulations also go to Wallace High School, who were the runners up.

Download the competition details here.

2015 - Secret Roles of Soil

Congratulations to Meldrum Academy who were the winners of our Secret Roles of Soil competition. A number of other secondary schools were commended for their high standards including Kingspark, Castlemilk, Leven and St Margarets School for Girls.

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Download competition flyer here


2014 - Design for Nature

In 2014 the annual secondary school competition involved the design of a wildlife area to increase the biodiversity in school grounds.

Congratulations to the winning school, Braes Academy who are pictured here with the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre Secondary School Prize Shield.

Secondary winners 2014

Runner up prizes were also awarded to Craigmount High School and St Josephs Academy. The standard of entry was very high again this year, and the judge had a tough time deciding between the designs.

2013 – Cafe Scotland

In 2013 we teamed up with the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health to celebrate their centenary. Cafe Scotland asked pupils to develop seasonal, nutritious menus and present them in a poster format. The winning class was from Kilgraston School, here they are recieving their prize workshop from the Kilted Chef. The competition was judged by scientists from the Rowett Institute, and Andrew Brown from The Store.

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The winning class with the Kilted Chef

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Our judges, from the Rowett Institute and The Store


2012 – Scotlands Minds

2011- Extreme Marine

2010 – Natures Grand Designs

2009 – Location, Re-location

2008 – Planet Plant

2007 – Creativity, Curiosity and Science