Science-me a Story is not just a writing competition, we work hard all year round so that the stories reach as many families, schools and kids as possible. As part of this, we thought it was essential to illustrate the stories, and so, we ended working with many volunteer professional and amateur illustrators that wanted to contribute to Science-me a Story. Do you want to meet them? Keep reading!




Laia Anguix Vilches studied Fine Arts in Spain, specializing in art conservation. After several years working on museums and education, she moved to the North of England to do academic research on British painting. She visits lots of museums and she loves looking at and thinking about art. From time to time, she gets inspired and draws watercolors.

Laia illustrated “A Pop and a Pong” (Hayley Down, Science-me a Story 2020).





Paloma de Luis García is an illustrator and visual artist from Valencia, Spain. After graduating in Architecture in 2017, she refound her true passion for Art and Imaginative Illustration. She is currently studying Illustration and Animation at Escuela Ilustra (Seville), while working as a freelance illustrator and art teacher for kids and adults in her hometown.  

Paloma illustrated “Doctora, ¿qué le pasa a mi elefanta?” (Marta Renato Sánchez, Ciencia-me un Cuento 2020).




Massiel Esther Cepeda Molero. This is the visible reflection of what happened inside me when I seriously sat down at my desk and devoted myself to mixing science and art. The feeling when you see the characters for the first time is powerful, beautiful and very rewarding. A bit like the joy of seeing the Western blot, or the perfect experiment after months of trying. I am Massiel, Doctor of Science, I trained in genetic engineering in Venezuela, Madrid and London. Now I am established in Madrid, and I will continue creating art. I hope that the illustrated message is a clear example of what can be done, and of so many beautiful and interesting things to know in the world. I want my illustrations to be a stimulus for children and not so young to know the world that surrounds us and that lives in us. Only then can we love and care for it. Instagram: massiel.esther.ilustrator.

Massiel illustrated “Una hermana para la célula Celia” (Ana Isabel Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ciencia-me un Cuento 2018).




Douglas Dodds is a strange amalgamation of sculptor and illustrator, writer and publisher. After completing his masters in illustration at Falmouth University, he continued to produce various sculptors for organizations all over England, including Oxford Innovations new technology centre at the University of Essex. He has also started illustrating numerous works of literature, including 2019s Science-me a Story winner A. Rose. He recently started his own publishing and book design company ‘Watermelon Press’, and has painfully begun writing his first graphic novel From West.

Douglas illustrated “The Nodes of Ranvier” (A. Rose, Science-me a Story 2019).




Cristina Gallego Páramo is a doctor in biophysics, although art has always been part of her hobbies. Her doctoral work focused on the study of the structure and properties of proteins that can be used as antibiotics. It was while working in that research that she became aware of the need of graphic design to create more impact in science communication, so she started to deepen her knowledge and skills in it. She joined the SRUK Scotland working group in 2018, aiming to help other scientists with a design basics workshop, and also illustrating and designing logos and posters for public engagement events.

Cristina illustrated “A reef to call home” (Asiem Sanyal, Science-me a Story 2018).




Loreto Gestoso Suárez (Vigo) is a doctor in biology specialised in marine biology and a self-taught artist. She studied at the University of Vigo, where she completed her doctoral studies on the populations of benthic macrofauna in the seabeds of Zostera marina. She has worked on various scientific and environmental consulting projects in Spain, related to marine ecology and aquaculture. In 2017 she moved to the United Kingdom where she currently develops her professional activity in environmental consulting. Her professional artistic work has focused on collaborations with animal protection associations and scientific professionals, to develop brand images, illustrations for stories, comics, board games and scientific illustrations.

Loreto illustrated “Copep-mar y el globo verde” (Laura Ibáñez-Tejero, Science-me a Story 2019) and “El secreto de las chaquetas plateadas” (Magdalena I. Domper, Science-me a Story 2019).




Illot is a digital illustrator trained in cartoons and traditional painting techniques. Currently, he focuses his work on the search for new formats, multilanguage and that adapt to different devices, to publish graphic stories on the internet.

Illot illustrated “War” (Alexandra Gurzau, Science-me a Story 2020).





Naiara Nieto Rementeria studied biochemistry at the University of the Basque Country, where she also did his doctoral thesis, which she completed with a stay at the Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. Her career has been mainly linked to cell biology. She worked at the company Bioftalmik SL and later at the Biocruces Health Research Institute, in Bizkaia. Drawing has always been her great hobby, shared and instilled by her mother, and she has participated in the illustration of Science-me a Story 2018 and 2019.

Naiara illustrated “Normal Jenny” (Anthony Lewis, Science-me a Story 2018), “The good inside us all” (Nicholas Edward Ilott, Science-me a Story 2019) and “El nuevo mundo de Sofía” (Jesús Victorino Santos, Science-me a Story 2020).




Beatriz Olmo Castel (_CreaTrice). Technician in plastic arts and design in Selfedition, senior technician of plastic arts and design in Advertising Graphics and Primary Teacher since 2019. Passionate about design and illustration, she has illustrated and designed different didactic units for children, graphic brands, merchandising and posters, among others. Currently, she has started a personal and artistic project in social networks and the next year she will do a Master’s Degree in Editorial Design and Digital Publications, to, in her future, enter the Educational Editorials.

Beatriz illustrated “Hola, Señora E. coli” (Isabel Murillo Cabeza, Science-me a Story 2018).




Patricia Ortega Ramos is a biologist specialized in ecology and agri-environmental research. She studied her undergraduate and masters degree at the Autónoma University of Madrid. In 2017 she moved to the United Kingdom where she is currently doing her PhD at Rothamsted Research and University of Reading investigating the ecology of an agricultural pest, cabbage stem flea beetle, and their natural enemies. Since she was a kid arts and craft have been her hobbies, always willing to learn new techniques and to get involved in new challenges.


Patricia illustrated “Maria y el códice perdido” (Esther Martí Sentañes, Ciencia-me un Cuento 2018).





Ruth Ramos. Mexican children’s illustrator who has participated in various international competitions and from which she has been able to collaborate with various authors from Argentina, Spain and Mexico in the illustration of children’s stories. She is currently working on a project with authors from N.Y. and a brand of Mexican children’s products.

Ruth illustrated “I wonder…” (Olivia Brinkley-Green, Science-me a Story 2020).





Helena Rodríguez Caro has a PhD in Reproduction and Women’s Health from the University of Oxford. She is currently working as a postdoc at this same university investigating the embryonic development of the cardiovascular system. Helena started doing illustrations and animations with her mother from childhood for fun. During her PhD, she discovered the need for scientific illustrators to help visually convey the discoveries and methodologies of researchers. Helena is also interested in popular science for a wider audience and considers illustrations a great tool for this. In 2019 she was a finalist at the SIU Art in Science Competition 2019 for her comic cartoon entitled “Seminal Fluid Extracellular Vesicles – The First Wingmen!”. Currently, in her free time, Helena is starting as a freelance scientific illustrator, if you want to know her work you can also visit her on twitter (@HelenaRodriCaro). Helena is part of SRUK / CERU’s Oxford press department and working group.

Helena illustrated “Los descubrimientos de Melí” (Sonia Patricia Castellanos Jiménez, Science-me a Story 2019) and “Ciencia de princesas” (Leticia Labat de Hoz, Science-me a Story 2019).




María Rodríguez López is a molecular biologist, she started her studies in Bilbao and finished them in Madrid specializing in genetics. She did her PhD thesis in the Margarita Salas Centre for Biological Research (CIB) in Madrid. After graduating, she moved to London to start a postdoc at UCL, where she works with yeast to understand the role of the genome’s “dark matter” (non-coding RNAs). She loves drawing since she was a kid and she is especially passionate about painting animals and nature.

María illustrated “Nanuq” (Nicole Pearson, Science-me a Story 2019).





Ana Silván Bueno (Madrid, 1979) has a degree in biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. For years she has combined her work as an embryologist with her love of drawing and especially botanical illustration. In her role as an illustrator, she has attended training courses in Spain with Marta Chirino and in the United Kingdom with Gaynor Dickeson. This is her first contribution as an illustrator for a print publication.

Ana illustrated “As tough as the dinosaurs” (Nicky Purser, Science-me a Story 2019).





Vanina Ahumada, or inav as she is known on social media, is an Argentine illustrator who currently lives in Dresden, Germany. She began her artistic profession in Argentina, always as an independent, setting up her small business of stationery for events and decoration, producing models for event cakes and sculptures in general, cards and posters also for social events. Today she develops as a freelance Illustrator, interested mainly in children’s editorial illustration, but who does not neglect other branches of illustration always within her style, a little cartoon, a little her own. Her influences since she was little of course were Disney and anime like Heidi or Little Women, when she was older discovering the comic W.I.T.C.H. with which she confirms her cartoon style. Later rediscovering Japanese art with Studio Ghibli. Whether with collaborations, private orders and some editorial projects that have not yet seen the light, she continues and continues her work in the world of illustration, you can contact her on Instagram and on Facebook under the user @ inav.vo directly her professional email [email protected]

Vanina illustrated “Los caballeros de la mesa viruela” (Paula Mariel Liveratore, Ciencia-me un Cuento 2020).