180 seconds of science

New Zealand’s early career researchers are being challenged to showcase their science in videos up to 3 minutes long, as part of the Trans-Tasman competition, 180 Seconds of Science.

thinkableI’m on the judging panel for the New Zealand entries and am really looking forward to seeing what the researchers come up with. 180 seconds is a generous amount of time for a video – consider that the average clip on the 6 o’clock news is typically 60 – 90 seconds.

At the Science Media Centre, we’ve run one-day workshops over the last couple of years giving researchers the basics of how to shoot and edit video on their phones. Some have gone on to develop their own videos and animations. These are great tools to bring their science to a broader audience and video is an increasingly popular medium, particularly on social media platforms.

This is a great opportunity for researchers to use the device that’s ubiquitous these days – the smartphone, to get creative about telling the stories of their research journey.

Enter the competition at Thinkable.org

From the organisers:

Early career researchers are the future of science in New Zealand and Australia and the Royal Society of New Zealand ECR Forum is motivated to champion improvements in our national research environment. The RSNZ ECR Forum and the Royal Society of New Zealand has partnered
with the New Zealand’s Ministry of Business and Innovation (MBIE) and the Australian Academy of Science Early to Mid-Career Researcher Forum (EMCR Forum) to create the 180 Seconds of Science video competition (#180Science) to provide early career researchers
in both countries with a unique opportunity to share their passion for innovative research with the public.

The 180 Seconds of Science competition gives ECRs an opportunity to showcase their science in a 3 minute video that will be uploaded to thinkable.org, an online platform where
the videos will be accessible for the public to view, share, and vote on. A panel of expert judges will independently assess the entrants and select the outstanding category winner.

All New Zealand ECR participants will submit their videos to the Science Across the Ditch category where they will be eligible to win the People’s Choice Award and the New Zealand Future Leader Award. Public voting for the People’s Choice Award for the 180 Seconds of Science entries will take place during National Science Week in Australia, from
13-21 August 2016. An expert judging panel will decide the winner of the New Zealand Future Leader Award.

The winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ will receive a cash prize of $2000. The winner of the ‘New Zealand Future Leader Award’ will receive a cash prize of $2000 and will be
supported to attend the fourth national meeting of Science Pathways 2016: Future Leaders, to be held in Sydney at the University of New South Wales on 26-27 September 2016. With a
focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leadership, Science Pathways 2016 will bring together early career researchers and scientific leaders from
academia, industry and government.

Category winners will present their videos to the meeting delegates and participate in a panel discussion about how their research is shaping our future.

Prizes – sponsored by the Royal Society of New Zealand and MBIE

People’s Choice Award:
– Cash prize of NZ $2000 (Cash prize will be transferred after the conclusion of the
Science Pathways meeting)
– Cash prize is to be used for research expenses or travel associated with research. A
written report is required and has to be submitted, outlining how the money got spent.
New Zealand Future Leader Award:
– Cash prize of NZ $2000 (Cash prize will be transferred after the conclusion of the
Science Pathways meeting)
– Cash prize is to be used for research expenses or travel associated with research. A
written report is required and has to be submitted, outlining how the money got spent.
– Category winners must be available to attend the Science Pathways 2016 conference on
26-27 September 2016.
– Non-cash prize of about NZ $3000 to attend the Science Pathways 2016: Future Leaders
conference and includes the costs for accommodation (maximum of 3 nights),
registration and travel (return economy class airfare to Sydney). Travel awards will be
co-ordinated by the EMCR and RSNZ ECR Forum Executives.

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