The ACBI Logo

The logo incorporates Celtic symbols of knowledge and of healing, to represent science and medicine.

It comprises an abstracted image of water to represent the other world well of wisdom, and the spring of healing, and also the cauldron of regeneration.

Also depicted are the hazels of wisdom and inspiration. It was by eating the hazel nuts which fell into the well that the salmon of knowledge acquired its wisdom.

The elements of the logo are grouped in threes to echo the triadic motif common in Celtic imagery.

A further characteristic is the openness to interpretation at various levels of meaning. Thus, the lower part echoes a common schematic used in biochemistry to represent molecules migrating in a matrix.

-Alan Balfe, 1993 Conference Handbook.