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Science communication competition April 16, 2010

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Science communication, Talks.

Next week I am participating in a national competition in science communication called ‘Forsker Grand Prix 2010’.  The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, who is behind the competition, has launched it as an academic version of X Factor or as “Rock ‘n Research”.

We are eight PhD students with very different academic backgrounds competing to be ‘Research Communicator of the Year’. We each have three minutes to present our research in a vivid and enthralling manner whereupon the audience and a panel of judges will vote two of us in the final. The three judges will provide us with comments and rate us after each performance. In this way, the competition very much resembles a talent show and even though I am used to giving talks and presenting my research I think it will be a huge challenge presenting under these conditions.

Read more about the competition here (in Danish).

I have prepared two presentations on ‘The Digital Youth Culture’ and ‘Youthful Emotions in Public Space’. I will let you know how it turns out 🙂

Update: I came in on a shared third place. See press coverage of the event here, here and here.


1. Zuhaira - April 19, 2010

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2. James Mcnaulty @onlinephduk.com - April 28, 2010

Great blog !,
Congratulation on achieving the 3rd place at Forsker Grand Prix 2010 !
You must be very brave, usually these shorter ones are much tougher than the standard 15-30 minute presentations.

To the commentator above (Zuhaira) please let me know if this is still open, probably my readers at onlinephduk.com would like to take part.

Keep up the good work Malene 🙂

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