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Water Lives

Award winning animation on the importance of microscopic life

Water Lives

During the EU Biofresh project on European freshwater biodiversity that finished in 2014, Professor Rick Battarbee was involved in the creation of an animation on diatoms, produced by Rob St John of Oxford University, called Water Lives.

As part of the Dissemination work package, the idea was to create a work of green art by merging freshwater biology, animation, soundtrack  and haiku poetry.  A focus on diatoms was also intended to reveal the importance of microscopic life to both the beauty and functioning of aquatic ecosystems.

The animation has won awards and most recently it has been selected to be shown at this year’s Green Film Festival. It was also screened ahead of a feature film H20MX at a number of UK cinemas in early May.

It can be seen here:

And the UK Green Film Festival listings are here:


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