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MIRABILIS | MIraculous RAnge of Beauty ILlustrations In Science – Images Contest

“MIRABILIS, is a scientific image contest organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Houston. This initiative aims to spotlight the remarkable contribution of Italian scientists within our jurisdiction through captivating scientific images.

The contest has two phases with two dedicated Calls: one for scientists (who uploaded the images) and another that is now open to High Schools within the jurisdiction of the Consulate.

The award ceremony for the top three images will be public, in Houston, on November 1st.

The most significant images, selected by the High School Institutions, will be printed and displayed at the award ceremony.

On the occasion of the award ceremony, the scientist whose image is classified in first place will present its content/results in a seminar.


  • To promote the contribution of Italian research in the Consulate area through the beauty and art of images.
  • Strengthen and deepen networks with communication, dissemination and artistic impact methodologies.
  • Disseminate science information on the territory about Italian research activities in synergy with the USA.
  • Increase awareness, even among those who do not work in the research sector, of the quality of the training provided by Italian Universities, of the professional value of Italian research and its highly qualified integration into the Consular fabric and in the USA. Interest US High School students in familiarizing themselves with Italian frontier science and technology and within the framework of the Italy-USA cooperation.


The Consulate General of Italy in Houston is running MIraculous RAnge of Beauty ILlustrations IScience Image Contest. This initiative aims to spotlight the remarkable contribution of Italian scientists within our jurisdiction through captivating scientific images.

The second phase of Mirabilis is now open to High School in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

If you are a staff member at a high school, we invite you to register your school and participate. By voting for your favorite image, your school will have the opportunity to access STEM educational initiatives. Italian Scientists participating in the contest will offer a free and informative seminar to 40 participating schools selected through a lottery.

This experience will allow your students to foster their interest in scientific topics and methods applied in various fields of science, through the knowledge and expertise of Italian scientists working in the USA.

The image gallery is accessible here, and the trailer presenting all the images is available at link YouTube on the channel of the Consulate General of Italy in Houston. The links can be shared freely.

To participate, please read the information and submit the school application here.

It will only take a few minutes to complete.

The deadline is September 15th, 2023, so please make sure to register and participate before then.

We are thrilled to announce the release of the MIRABILIS Bio Book, a captivating exploration of the fascinating world where science and art converge. This book showcases the lives and achievements of 74 Italian scientists whose work has left a mark on the scientific landscape of the United States and in particular in our jurisdiction. They are just a sample of the vibrating and excellent Italian scientific community which works in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Explore the Mirabilis Bio Book: [Link to the Bio Book] [Link to the Bio Book Didascalie]

Inside its pages, you’ll find a rich tapestry of scientific beauty, each image and biography representing a unique story of inspiration, dedication, and the unquenchable thirst for knowledge. We invite you to embark on this journey through the captivating world of MIRABILIS and be inspired by the incredible contributions of these scientists.

Announcing the Winners: We are proud to reveal the names of the three outstanding scientists who have been selected as the winners of the Mirabilis Image Contest after the vote of researchers, high schools of AR, LA, OK, TX, and the public vote:

1st Place: Dr. Andrea Natale, Executive Medical Director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, TX

2nd Place: Marzia Conte, MSc, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, TX.

3rd Place: Prof. Maria Beatrice Magnani, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Hers is also the most voted image by the high schools.

Join us in congratulating them for their exceptional work!

Join Us at the Exhibition: From October 30th to November 3rd, the Italian Cultural & Community Center in Houston will host a free exhibition featuring the most significant images from MIRABILIS. We invite you to explore this stunning collection that promises to inspire and awe.

Save the Date for the Award Ceremony: The grand finale of Mirabilis will be the award ceremony, which will be a public celebration held at the Italian Cultural & Community Center on November 1st. Join us in honoring the winners and celebrating the collaborative spirit that has brought Mirabilis to life.

Please write to for registration.

Mirabilis Award Ceremony
Join us at the Italian Cultural & Community Center for a public award ceremony honoring the winners of the Mirabilis Image Contest!
On November 1st, 6 pm at the Italian Cultural and Community Center, 1101 Milford Street, Houston, TX 77006

Your Presence Matters: We cordially invite you, your friends, and your family to be a part of this exciting journey. Your participation and support have been invaluable, and we look forward to witnessing the impact of Mirabilis together.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of Mirabilis, where science and art unite in the most extraordinary way.

For more information and updates, stay tuned to our website and social media channels.

We are thrilled to announce that the videos of the Mirabilis Awards Event are now available on the Consulate General of Italy’s YouTube channel:

Thank you for your ongoing support and for being part of this incredible journey. Together, we are fostering STEM passion and celebrating the beauty of scientific discovery.

Thank you for being a part of Mirabilis!