The Hidden World of Algae exhibition aims to showcase the beauty and global importance of algae, the practical applications of microscopic photography, and algae-based research as part of the BPS Winter Meeting being held in Nottingham. This open-air exhibition is located in Highfields Park around the lake next to the University of Nottingham Campus. To maximise the number people who can experience and enjoy this installation, an online virtual exhibition has been created. 

The Hidden World of Algae is an exhibition that has been put together through collaboration between the British Phycological Society and the University of Nottingham’s School of Geography and MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging. The exhibition showcases photographs from the Hilda Canter-Lund photographic competition run by the British Phycological Society, which is open to anyone from the general public, microscopy hobbyists to professional scientists. These images are combined with pictures taken by students from the University’s MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging to make the largest outdoor exhibition of algae and seaweeds in the world.

The Hidden World of Algae exhibition was made possible by Cascade: Funding transformative student projects thanks to donations from alumni and friends of the University of Nottingham. We would also like to acknowledge the British Phycological Society for funding. Thank you for the generous support from Lakeside Arts, the Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces team and James Parkinson with the Highfields Park Ranger for bringing the exhibition to life. Finally thank you to Stephen Galloway for designing the boards and all involved in the production – Hannah Kemp, Martyn Kelly, Thomas Hartman and Suzanne McGowan.

This exhibition has been created as part of the BPS Winter Meeting in Nottingham 2021.