There are a number of ways you can take part and contribute to our work with diatoms.

1.) Crowdsourcing -COMING SOON -we are currently working on the guidelines and protocol to undertake crowdsourcing so please bear with us and you will be able to get involved soon. If in the meantime you would like to help by testing the procedures and instructions please do get in touch with us here.

2.) Sci-Art workshop -we are holding a diatom based art workshop on Monday 24 March at the Natural History Museum lead by Museum scientists and a Scientific illustrator. This half day workshop from 14.00 -17.00 will cover:

  • a basic introduction to the form and function of diatoms (what are diatoms, their uses etc)
  • recognising patterns and symmetry in nature
  • There is also an optional element to this workshop to create your own diatom slide from a sample you have collected. (see 'My Species' information if you'd like to take part in this)

All participants of the workshop will be given a chance to view diatoms under the microscope.

To sign up for the workshop you will need to be aged 18 or over and available on Monday 24 March from 14.00 -17.00. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register your interest please email: with 'Sci-Art workshop' in the title.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith