Actin Art - L’association des Artistes et des Scientifiques Actine - is a science communication project that combines science and art. It aims to raise general public interest in the sciences and explain recent scientific discoveries. We are creating a series of short, illustrated, science-based books that accurately relay science via fun, adventure stories for 3-5 year olds.

As the science is accurate, the parents and teachers reading the stories to the children will learn too, and be better able to explain the science to the children. The characters in our stories are based on the real molecules, proteins and cells that scientists study in the lab. Our aim is that these books will inspire children and adults to become as excited as we are by cells, molecules and biology in general!

Actin Art


Olga Markova


Judith Mine-Hattab


Marine Stefanutti


Angela Bellini


Bertsy Goic

Social media

Nick Riddiford

Web developer

School workshops


We recently held a workshop at the Lyonnais nursery located in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. After around 15 minutes of storytelling with our artwork, we held activities that related to some of our stories. This was a huge success, and the children were really engaged with our stories. After following-up with the school three months later we were delighted to discover that the children remembered some of the key concepts from our stories!

The school was very grateful for our involvement, and is looking forward to our next workshop – as are we! In fact, we would like to hold similar sessions in other nurseries (ages 3 – 5) around Paris. If you would like to invite us to hold one at your school – please e-mail us!


We have been working very hard on publishing some of our stories, and are delighted to announce that the first three – part of the Jeunesse Esprits Curieux collection – will be published in November 2018! These books are aimed at children aged 3+, and have been written by members of our group – working scientists who are specialists in their field and want to help children (and adults) become excited about science. For each book, the author and illustrator have worked hard to make the story both scientifically accurate, as well as exciting and beautiful.

The first three albums are now available to buy! Click on the 'Add to cart' button to add each item to our secure paypal checkout

Cadherin is looking for a friend

Cadherin is alone in the huge expanse of the cell. She would love to find someone to play with, so she goes on an exciting adventure to find one!

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Kimy sounds the alarm

Inside the human body, a Chemokine protein (Kimy, to you and me) performs heroic acts every day. As a component of the immune system, she is responsible for maintaining a healthy body. One day, bacteria try to invade the body - fortunately, Kimy is waiting to stop them!

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Mr. Cancer wants to take over

All is well in the bdoy until one of the billions of cells starts to multiply at an incredible rate. All these new cells form a ball that becomes M. Cancer. Quick, we have to find a solution before Mr. Cancer takes up all the space!

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To complement the books we are publishing, and to celebrate the beautiful artwork each book contains, we are planning an exhibition in the Mairie du 5ième (place du Panthéon) from the 11th to the 20th of March 2019.

Please e-mail us if you would like to find out more, or follow us on social media to keep updated!


Join us!

If you like what we are doing and would like to join our association then you've come to the right place!

Members of our association will be able to participate in any forthcoming Actine Association projects (such as book writing, illustration, school workshops, exhibitions). Members are also able to propose their own projects and get help from our association to realise them. We will also add you to our e-mail group, and you will be informed about current and future activities.

Read the docs

To join our association you will need to to sign the document Bulletin d'adhésion (click on the 'Download' button below) and send it back to us by e-mail.

Sign up

As we are a not for profit association, we will also need to receive a payment of €5 to cover administration costs etc.

You can make this payment securely via Paypal by clicking the 'Sign up' button below. If you have any questions about what this entails, please get in touch with us!


Please feel free to e-mail us or follow us on our social media accounts if you have any questions or just want to say hi!