Rose in a test tube

It’s Valentine’s Day, in case you hadn’t noticed, and red roses are the order of the day. To celebrate, we thought we’d run a competition to help you declare your love for science.

The prizes are suitably science-y (not to mention romantic). We’ve got a pendant to give away, with an anatomically-correct heart – four chambers, mammalian, complete with major blood vessels. And for those more into genetics, there’s a pair of his-and-hers chromosome towels monogrammed XY and XX respectively. Plus a DNA pendant – simple but elegant.

What do you have to do to get your hands on these prizes? Just declare your love of science through a poem. You might choose to woo us through a sonnet, ballad, haiku or even a limerick – whatever warms your heart.  Here are some examples to get you inspired:

Roses are red, violets are blue,

We study petal gene expression in situ

The features we can barely see,
Are vital in taxonomy,
And horse fly species, though we swat ‘em,
Are featured with a popstar’s bottom.

Roses are red, Violets are blue,
And you have 10 times more bacteria in your gut
than cells in your body – true.

You have until the end of tomorrow, Friday 15 Feb, to post your poem in the comments field below. Winners will be announced on Monday, once the red roses have wilted.

If you need more inspiration, read about some of the research we’re doing that has real heart.


Update Friday 15 February 5pm AEDT: Alas, our poetry competition is now closed. Thanks for all the fantastic entries, it’s clear you truly do love science.  Keep an eye out for our post on Monday, where we’ll be announcing our winners. 

Prizes - chromosome towels, heart necklace and DNA pendant

Everyone wants to get their hands on these prizes. Be quick and get your poems in!


  1. If I did not love you, perhaps I’d love Astrology
    But I’d rather kiss and cuddle with Epidemiology.

    If I loved you less, perhaps I’d find diverting
    Homeopathy’s claims or Palmistry’s flirting.

    But I have always loved you, Science and I will always know
    That when I seek the truth, you are the only way to go.

  2. The luck of the draw and random chance,
    The living world, evolutions dance,

    The eyeball complex evolves time and again,
    And sharks with umbilical cords so like those mammalian,

    The bird on the wing, the bat follows suit,
    Do the winged insects laugh, at these new recruits?

    A wasp courting an orchid, ultra violet landing strips for bees,
    And so many other bonds, just as marvelous as these!

    The wonder of nature, the beauty it holds,
    It’s story to me, through science is told

    My wonder, my joy, mind seeking answers not merely compliance,
    All because of the love that I have for that thing we call science

  3. Love for my science, is not easy.
    It is the field of Microbiology.
    The details can make you quite queasy.
    So why does it still so attract me?

    If you look at some of the products,
    beyond the ones people call “yucks”.
    It becomes quite clear,
    Where would we be without wine, cheese and beer?

  4. I’m a little Neuron
    Short and stout
    Here is my Dendrite
    Here is my Axon Terminal

  5. We are all connected
    dispite all our toys
    without ipads or andoids
    or screens with white noise

    our hearts all bleed red
    with myocytes a plenty
    whole or half hearts still beating
    in healthy or sick kids a many

    so never feel rejected
    if someone says no
    love, just like research
    may need 99 failures to grow

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