- Web Design
The 10 Best Science Websites in 2024
The Top 10 Science Websites
- Wellcome Trust
- Science Museum: Wunderlab
- British Geological Survey
- Pacific Science Center
- Science Magazine
A science website is an invaluable resource for both the scientific community and the general public, including students, pharmaceutical professionals, and researchers. When scientific organisations have strong websites, anyone, anywhere can access and use research and data that is instantly available.
Many scientific websites like CCDC, act as databases and repositories for datasets that researchers can use for analysis, validation and research. In addition to benefiting the scientific community, scientific websites can also be useful to students and the general public as educational tools. They help to grow public awareness and engagement by making scientific information more accessible and understandable. It is important, however, to present scientific content as credible and reliable for it to be used as an educational tool. As a result, science websites face the challenge of maintaining the integrity of their sites at all times through rigorous quality control.
In this blog, we take a look at the top 10 best science websites in 2024. We’ve curated this list by assessing each website in the following categories:
📈 Overall Performance
🙋♂️ User Experience
🔒 Security & Privacy
The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is a non-profit organisation that serves the scientific community with data and software. They are the world-leading experts in structural chemistry and are responsible for maintaining the Cambridge Structural Database, one of the world’s largest repositories of chemical structural data.
While appealing to its fairly traditional target audience of long-standing scientists, the website is clean, modern and cutting-edge. As an international organisation, we are especially impressed with the site’s global load speeds despite its vast information architecture, for example, returning a load time of 0.065s in China.
The website incorporates a strong digital identity which is highlighted across the site through strongly enforced grids, a striking colour palette, and subtle visual elements that delight users. The site is especially effective at presenting scientific research and data in a clear, concise and organised fashion. Scientists, researchers and students can easily navigate across the site through targeted user journeys, effectively reaching a wider, global audience.
Crucible is proud to have worked with CCDC on their website redesign. Our work with CCDC has helped the organisation reach a wider, global audience and continue to serve the scientific community. Crucible is a digital agency that specialises in website design, particularly within the scientific community.
The Wellcome Trust is a charitable organisation that is focused on health research. The trust supports scientific work that helps to solve urgent health issues globally, such as climate change and infectious diseases.
With a score of 100, the website is accessible to all, ensuring that their vital work can be used by all. As a global non-profit, accessibility is crucial and this has been thoughtfully achieved by incorporating audio articles, a clear font and avoiding the use of flashing content.
The site emphasises the importance of the organisation’s research by eliminating any unnecessary animations and effectively puts it front and centre. We are impressed with the site’s streamlined user journeys and uncluttered information architecture.
The Royal Institution (Ri) are a leading charity dedicated to connecting as many people as possible with the world of science. It was founded in March 1799 to introduce new technologies and science to the general public.
The Ri website is especially effective at communicating its value to its audience. Throughout the website, the Royal Institute’s mission is clear and is highlighted through its messaging and storytelling. High-quality imagery is used to captivate and engage, and the curated selection perfectly represents the brand’s identity.
The website is simple and uncomplicated yet manages to engage audiences and build excitement. Through laser-focused user journeys, the website is streamlined and efficient, guiding users to their website goals quickly. For example, the prominent search bar remains consistent in the site’s header, adding value to the user experience as well as improving accessibility.
Frontiers is the 6th largest research publisher and open science platform. They publish peer-reviewed, open access, scientific journals currently active in science, technology, and medicine.
As a scientific publisher, the website includes a wealth of context on quality control which supports the site’s credibility. It uses a clean and structured layout that effectively organises content making it easier for users to find what they need.
We are especially impressed with the site’s journal search function which includes multiple access points for search criteria. For example, the site incorporates a search bar for specific searches but also includes segmentation search via category selection and an alphabetical search function. The alphabetical search function is especially effective within a scientific setting as it supports users who might not know exactly how to spell what they are looking for.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory website by NASA is informative and educational as well as engaging and exciting. The website’s hero incorporates dynamic movement that engages the eye and draws attention to key messages, which builds excitement. Additionally, the site incorporates interactivity through real-time statistics, such as the Mission Countdown, which captures the attention of enthusiasts and students.
The site explores cutting-edge subject matter and is especially effective at communicating complicated scientific information to its target audiences without dumbing it down. We are impressed with the site’s ability to cater to the many, extremely diverse set of user personas, for example, politicians using the site can find exactly what they are looking for to support public investments.
The WunderLab Science Museum is based in Indiana, United States and is a private, non-profit organisation. They provide interactive scientific exhibits and programs that foster lifelong learning.
The website is interesting, fun and dynamic, catering to its target audience of young students and children. The brand’s identity and mission are clear throughout, using step-by-step instructions, educational videos, and quizzes.
We are impressed with the site’s interactivity and unique approach to an educational website for children. Not only is the site engaging for children, but it also incorporates a ‘For Adults’ page that explains how the website should be used and its mission. There are also incredibly useful accessibility guidelines so adults are equipped when guiding their young audiences through a potentially sensitive website.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are a world-leading independent research organisation providing objective, expert geoscientific data, information and knowledge.
The BGS website is particularly effective at engaging target audiences with captivating imagery that speaks to their mission and values. The brand’s identity is subtly represented across the site through delicate design choices, such as placing the homepage title within a viewfinder and images of soil types as module backgrounds.
We are especially impressed with the site’s ability to present complicated information. For example, the site opts to demonstrate educational content through bespoke illustrations as examples.
The Pacific Science Center (PacSci) is an independent, not-for-profit institution that provides interactive experiences to people of all ages and levels of science sophistication.
The website has an effective brand identity that represents its target audience of young students. The site’s identity is pleasantly expressed through the finer details such as textures and colour.
The website is clear with easily accessible visitor information, schedules and ticket purchases. It’s engaging and dynamic, opting for high-quality moving images to delight a younger audience.
Hematogenix provides services to pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, diagnostic developers, and oncologists for diagnostics services.
The website is futuristic, clean and exceptionally well-executed. The site incorporates high-quality, bespoke illustrations that support the site’s storytelling approach to advertising scientific products and services. We are especially impressed with the site’s storytelling approach that guides users through each stage of the journey including services, approach, organisation background and support.
The site includes elements of interactivity that help to highlight the brand’s product offerings and prompt user engagement. It is successful in showcasing the capabilities of the products and services through unique design and messaging.
10. Science Magazine
Modeled on the business magazine, Forbes, Science.org publish peer-reviewed research and is widely known as the world’s top academic journals. The website is well-structured and coherent, which is essential for an editorial website.
It is effective in appealing to the world’s top scientists; publishing a vast array of leading global research and analysis. Although the site hosts a breadth of work, it maintains its navigability, ensuring streamlined user journeys throughout.
We are especially impressed with the site’s ability to tastefully balance content and advertising as well as its ability to prioritise accessibility.
If you’re looking to partner with a digital agency with science sector web design experience, then get in touch with Crucible! Our team have worked on some of the most innovative science website projects, including our work with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC).