Images and photos

SciLifeLab is a place for advanced technology and scientific collaboration, harboring a vibrant, diverse and optimistic research community. The imagery used to present our center should reflect those attributes. In this section, you’ll learn how to find and use photographs, illustrations, graphics or collages to convey what SciLifeLab is about. 

Image guidelines

The general image rules are that photos should be:

  • Coherent with the host universities’ guidelines on social and ethnic diversity and gender balance
  • Conveying our cutting-edge technologies, our competent personnel and our world-class research environments
  • Relevant to the context
  • Of high artistic quality
  • Of high technical quality – i.e. good focus and exposure and technically adapted to the medium (e.g. 300 dpi for printing)

We use photos of people, preferably active in their work, as much as possible – but reportage and detail photos can be used as well.

Virtual background for Zoom

Having a video conference call, perhaps with external participants? Using a SciLifeLab-themed background image is a good way to convey our brand in a coherent way and show external participants your affiliation to SciLifeLab.

There are two versions of the background image – one dark and one light – and you are more than welcome to use them. You post the image by downloading it through the link below, opening Zoom’s desktop application, going to Settings –> Virtual background –> Add image. Done!

Media banks

The universities’ media banks

If you need photos to illustrate your unit or research, your university might have pictures that you can use. Most of the universities have a section of their media bank that is public and one that is only accessible for university employees.

Media bank

SciLifeLab also has a media bank with photos from units, research groups and events. As the usage rights varies (due to the photoshoots having been arranged with different photographers), the bank is not open access. But if you are looking for photos to illustrate your work, you are welcome to contact us at and we’ll be happy to help you further.

Stock image suppliers

The Operations Office at SciLifeLab can, depending on the context and timing, help community members access pictures to use in information materials about SciLifeLab as well as provide information on how the images can be used. If you are interested in downloading a picture, please contact us at

SciLifeLab press photos

Our press photos are free to use in any context and can be distributed to journalists.

Press photo collection

Engaging a photographer

If you are looking to book a photographer, please use the procured photographer at your university. SciLifeLab’s Communications Office is happy to advise on photography.

Please contact us at for more information.


If you have questions, reach out to the via, Slack or a knock on the door (you find the Communications team on Gamma 5 at SciLifeLab Campus Solna). 

Last updated: 2024-01-17

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