Glasgow institutions team up to create 3D model of COVID-19 virus

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have teamed up with illustrators at the Glasgow School of Art to create one of the first and most detailed 3D models of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annabel Slater, a freelance scientific illustrator and Art School graduate, created the images in collaboration with the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Virus Research (CVR) and the GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation. The new images and videos are available to see on the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) COVID-19 website, Coronavirus Explained.

The illustrations and 3D models have been made freely available to view online and to download for use by anyone who wishes to visualise the virus. A set of science communication resources incorporating then, including colouring sheets and an augmented reality educational app, are already in development and will be released in the near future.

Speaking of the new model, Ms Slater said:

“I think making scientific images into something 3D, opens up a whole new world of interaction, exploration and understanding. The science of a virus can be better understood by making the virus particle into something tangible and interactable.

“I hope these models of the SARS-CoV-2 virus particle will help people by making the invisible visible.”

To view the 3D images, click here.