Slam your way to a free trip to Europe! Submission for the 2nd EURAXESS Science Slam North America from 15 May to 15 September, 2014
In 2013, researchers from all over North America joined in the first edition of the EURAXESS Science Slam North America and 5 of them took part in exciting finals in Washington, DC.
Thanks to her excellent communication skills, Dr Katrien Kolenberg, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Solar, Stellar and Planetary Division, won the contest, became North America’s first EURAXESS Science Slammer and embarked on a trip to Europe.
Look at the pictures from the 2013 Science Slam finals here.
In 2014, EURAXESS Links North America is once again looking for North America’s best science slammers.
Five finalists will battle it out for the title of “EURAXESS Science Slammer North America 2014” in the LIVE slam to be held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, ON, Canada on 22 October 2014.
The first prize is a free trip to Europe!
Download the flyer here.
Register here to be part of the Science Slam 2014 audience in Toronto on 22 October 2014.
Online submission of slam candidacies is open between 15 May and to 15 September, 2014
What this is about:
EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2014 is the second edition of a contest giving researchers based in North America the chance to showcase their research projects to their peers and the wider public in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.
It is open to researchers of all nationalities and from all fields of research. Every participant at the final slam to be held in Toronto on 22 October 2014 will present a topic related to their research to an audience of non-experts. The slam will be given in English in a max of 10 minutes and can be supported by video and audio material, ppt. slides and any other kind of media available, as well as by scientific equipment. The performances of the participants will be judged by the audience and the jury based on conceptualization, style and originality.
The winner will be awarded a free trip to Europe where he or she will attend a science communication workshop along with the winners of the other EURAXESS Science Slams organized in ASEAN, Brazil, China, India and Japan. He/She will also have the opportunity to go to a European research institution of his/her choice!
What you need to do:
- Get creative and develop an original idea to present your research project to the world: Tap dancing, singing, old-school presentation, scientific equipment – all is allowed.
- Make a max. 6-minute (ideally 3 mins) video of the presentation to be held in the LIVE finals with your camera phone (or equivalent). Make sure the presentation is in English.
- Upload your video via DropBox or post a link to our Facebook site. Participants can also send the link via email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and Conditions:
Who can take part
The competition is open to participants from all nationalities and all scientific disciplines (including social sciences and humanities).
The competition is open to researchers of all levels from PhD students onwards. (PhD students, postdocs, associate professors, professors, etc.).
To enter the competition participants must be active as a PhD student/researcher at a recognised university or research institute / centre from public or private sector in North America.
To enter the competition participants must be willing and able to participate in the final EURAXESS Science Slam North America that will be held in Toronto on 22 October 2014. Economy return flights (1 ticket per person) and hotel accommodation (up to 2 nights) to the finals will be booked and paid for by EURAXESS Links North America for the finalists based outside Toronto.
To enter the competition participants are invited to produce a video introducing their research. The video must not exceed 6 minutes in length. Participants are free to choose presentation styles and equipment as they see fit. It has to be done in English.
Candidates are invited to upload their video via DropBox or post a link to our Facebook site. Participants can also send the link via email directly to email@example.com. A notification email confirming receipt will be send within 3 working days.
Submissions are possible from 15 May to 15 September, 2014.
EURAXESS Links North America accepts no responsibility for entries that are defective, lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
The jury will select 5 finalists from all submissions received at the end of the submission period. Submitted videos will be assessed based on the following criteria, all of equal importance:
- Accessibility for non-experts
- Conceptualisation of slam
- Presentation style
- Originality & Creativity
The "production quality" (image quality, quality of the support material or equipment etc.) will not be a selection criteria, as long as the resolution, light and sound quality allow the jury to see and hear the performance clearly. Videos shot with smartphones, webcams and any video recording devices will all be accepted.
Finalists will be notified by email. The selection will also be announced on the EURAXESS Links North America website and Facebook. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
The 5 finalists will compete at the live finals of the EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2014 to be held in Toronto on 22 October 2014. A return economy flight and hotel accommodation (up to 2 nights) will be provided by EURAXESS Links North America for the finalists based outside Toronto.
The 5 finalists will present live in front of a non-expert audience composed of members of the research community and of the wider public.
- The presentations will be done by one person only.
- Every presentation will be done in English.
- A prize will be awarded to the best performer as decided by the audience (40%) and the jury (60%).
- Each presentation shall not exceed 10 minutes.
- Presentations can be supported by video and audio material, ppt. slides and any other kind of media available, as well as by scientific equipment, in accordance with the venue's capacity and security measures.
The presentations/performances of the 5 finalists will be assessed based on the following criteria, all of equal importance:
- Accessibility for non-experts
- Conceptualisation of slam
- Presentation style
- Originality & Creativity
By entering the competition, the winner agrees to support EURAXESS Links North America with the production of further promotional material (which may include photography, filming or interviews) in the context of the Science Slam competitions as the organiser (EURAXESS Links) may reasonably require.
The panel of judges for the live competition will be comprised of a team of science communicators, research scientists and/or administrators from North America and the two EURAXESS Links North America Representatives.
The winner of the LIVE finals will be awarded the first prize. The first prize consists of the following components:
- A free round-trip to Europe (Bonn, Germany) in the spring of 2015.
- In Europe, the winner will be invited to participate in a science communication workshop on “Graphic Facilitation”. The workshop will be held in Bonn, Germany.
“Graphic Facilitation is the use of large scale imagery to lead groups and individuals towards a goal. The method is used in various processes such as meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.” (Source: Wikipedia)
- During the stay in Europe, EURAXESS Links will assist in arranging a meeting at one research organisation/institution of the winner’s choice within the European Research Area. In case of a successful meeting arrangement, EURAXESS Links will finance the trip to this institute. However, EURAXESS Links cannot guarantee any meetings with a particular organisation or individual. If no meeting can be arranged, EURAXESS Links will not be held responsible.
EURAXESS Links does NOT cover any travel or other costs unrelated to the actual prize. EURAXESS Links will only cover the following expenses:
- The economy round-trip flight from the city the winner is based in during the time in question to Europe to attend the science communication workshop as arranged by EURAXESS Links.
- The costs for the winner’s participation in the science communication workshop.
- The costs for accommodation (4 nights in a hotel) and food during the stay in Bonn, Germany, where the workshop will take place.
- The costs for the travels (bus, train or flight ticket) to the meeting with a research organisation of the winner’s choice within the European Research Area (incl. accommodation for up to 2 nights in the respective city).
The prize will not be transferable to another person.
Intellectual property rights and disqualification
By participation in this competition all participants declare that they hold the intellectual property rights to the research presented.
Abusive and derogatory entries will be disqualified.
Ms. Viktoria Bodnarova / Ms. Stephanie Jannin
EURAXESS Links North America: firstname.lastname@example.org
EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013
If you are a researcher currently based in North America (US and Canada), enter the competition by posting a video featuring your science slam on our LinkedIn site, or upload it on YouTube or DropBox and send the link directly to email@example.com before 10 September 2013.
Up to 7 entries will be invited to join the EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013 finals to be held in the Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of the American University in Washington, DC on 24 September 2013 between 5:00 and 8:00PM.
The best science slammer wins a free trip to Europe!
For full details on how to participate and the Terms and Conditions please click here.
Do you have what it takes to become the 1st EURAXESS Science Slammer?
EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013 - Finalists
- Mr. Venanzio CICHELLA – PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, field: Mechanical Engineering
- Mr. Alexander FERWORN, CD, PhD – Professor, Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director at the Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada
- Ms. Katrien KOLENBERG, PhD – Marie Curie Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
- Mr. Martin SKARZYNSKI – PhD Candidate at the Georgetown University and a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC and Maryland, USA
- Ms. Federica VILLA, PhD – Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, USA
The winner of the 1st EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013 is Dr. Katrien KOLENBERG originally from Belgium but currently conducting research as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, USA. The title of her “Slam” was Stellar Sounds. In her 10 minute presentation she was able to convince the jury consisting of 6 very distinguished members and the audience receiving 258 votes in total.
Once more, CONGRATULATIONS Katrien!!!
A big “THANK YOU” goes to all the finalists, the jury members, the American University and to all the participants who came to support our very first Science Slam!
All the finalists and the EURAXESS Links North America Regional Representatives
More pictures can be seen on our Facebook page.