1) Emoji competition:
It can be a challenge to distil our projects right down but can be so helpful when communicating our science! What better way of doing this than simplifying right down into emoji form? If you want to take part all you need to do is:
- Summarise your project/research in emoji form- use as few words as you can and get creative! Don’t get too technical or use jargon if you can avoid it!
- Post it on twitter using the hashtag #LwSEmoji during April (if you ‘at’ us @livescientists we will retweet your post!)
- Have a go at working out what other contestants are working on from their post alone!
Simple as that! If you are looking for some inspiration, check out the #EmojiYourPHD hashtag on twitter!
We will judge the best entry and the winner will get a £20 gift voucher for Science Scribbles where you can exchange this for some great science merch!
2) Lightning talk competition:
We are also running a competition for the best lightening talk with posting starting on 12th April Don’t worry if you get stage-fright, we will be posting recordings so you can perfect your talk beforehand without the pressure of a live presentation! If you aren’t familiar with this format what you’ll need to do is:
- Send us an email at email@example.com to enter the competition
- Record yourself summarising your research in only 3 minutes avoid jargon or technical language and think about how you can make an attention-grabbing story to tell! No slides but you can use props!
- Email us the recording by Monday 26th April
- We will post it on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) during the competition week
- Our audience will vote on their favourite and the winner will be announced at the end of the month and will win a £20 gift voucher for Science Scribbles where you can exchange this for some great science merch!
3) Snappy Science!
We would also like to feature some of the cool lab-based or computational experiments that you are running as a sped up video or time-lapse to give our audience a taste of what we do as researchers! If you want to get involved all you need to do is:
- Record yourself giving a very brief explanation of what you study and why you are doing the experiment/technique
- Create a sped-up video of yourself carrying out the technique or short experiment
- Tell us what this experiment will tell you
- Try and fit the whole video into 3 minutes! Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 26th April
- and we will post to our social media accounts for our audience to watch!