Vitaport: A Learning and Artistic Path for Public Outreach on Transporter Biology, Health and Drug Discovery


  • Valentina Rossetti Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Bern
  • Jean-Louis Reymond Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Bern





Drug discovery, Health and medicine, Membrane transport, Public outreach, Science communication


In occasion of its conclusion, the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) TransCure launched a temporary learning and artistic path in the city of Bern named 'Vitaport - Was unser Körper transportiert'. The path explained how nutrients are transported through our body and how molecules find their way to the right organ to achieve their effect there. NCCR TransCure researchers, together with students of the Bern School of Design, developed ceramic objects, texts and information graphics that took the public on a multidisciplinary journey of discovery through the human body. In this article, we report about aims, development, challenges and outcome of this ambitious science outreach project in which we could experience a rewarding and successful collaboration between scientists and artists.

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How to Cite

V. Rossetti, J.-L. Reymond, Chimia 2022, 76, 1063, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2022.1063.