We scientists must communicate what we do and the value of our research if we want continued government funding and public support. Toward this goal, ASCB’s Committee for Postdocs and Graduate Students (COMPASS) is sponsoring a Share Your Science video contest. The goal of the contest is to increase basic science awareness and improve public attitudes about research funding through short, entertaining videos.
To win, make a video that is not only easily understood by non-scientists, but that will hold people’s attention. Be as creative as you like, and make ample use of props, animation, music, or anything else that you feel will drive your message home. Remember, we are not looking for just another science talk, and in fact, the video does not have to include anyone talking at all. Last year’s winners (see link below) used modeling clay and white board animation to illustrate their research. What will your approach be? Puppets? Animation? Water Ballet? Besides clarity, your videos should be explicit about why your research is relevant. State your case: Why should the public care about what you do?
- You must be a member of the American Society for Cell Biology (join here).
- Only one submission per person.
- Your video submission should:
- be clear, concise and aimed at a non-scientist audience;
- demonstrate why your work is relevant and important to the public at large;
- engage, entertain and delight. We want folks to walk away smiling because they learned some very cool new science facts, and be as excited about your work as you are. (We want folks to be as excited about your work as you are.
- Videos should be between 2-3 minutes in length.
- Videos can, but do not have to, include actors/scientists on camera.
- Submitted videos should be original content generated for this contest.
- All entries will be displayed by ASCB and can be used by the society for science outreach efforts.
Submit file to Christina Szalinski by October 15, 2015.
1st Prize $500
2nd Prize $200
3rd Prize $100
Contact Christina Szalinski if you have any questions.