Chance to Win £500 at the RBR Ocean Science Slam

April 10, 2019 – 12.10 – 13.00, Ocean Careers Lab M

Fusing passion with cutting edge science, the RBR Ocean Science Slam brings research onto centre stage in an exciting and unconventional format. A Science Slam is a competition that allows early career scientists to share their research with a general audience in a creative, engaging, and non-traditional presentation.

The RBR Ocean Science Slam is intended for graduate students engaged in ocean science and technology research to present their research to a wide audience. The event will connect prospective students with experienced graduate students, leading research faculty, and innovative ocean technology companies.

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the exciting world of ocean science and technology.
  • Researchers can demonstrate how their work is enabling new discoveries.
  • Companies will have the opportunity to scout promising new technologies, trending applications, and professional staff.

Competitors are limited to exactly five minutes to present a portion of their research to the audience and are judged based on communication skills, audience engagement, and scientific accuracy. The use of a projector is not allowed, but small props and creative presentation styles are encouraged. The Science Slam format provides an informal medium for researchers to develop communication skills that are critical for engaging with a wide audience, including the general public, media, and private industries.

Judges and awards

The audience will form the jury and vote on the winner. The winner will receive an award of £500.

Organisation and management

  • Eric Siegel, RBR – Organisation and promotion
  • Cheri Arvonio, Ocean Business – Local logistics and promotion
  • Kira Coley, eco – MC and promotion

More information and tips for a winning Science Slam

More information about Science Slams, with inspiring presentation videos, can be found here:

Tips for a winning Science Slam

  • Select a subset of your research that you are passionate about and has relevance to the audience.
  • Consider how you can share your message as a story rather than a lecture.
  • Plan your slam
  • Engage your audience.
  • Motivate why the work is important.
  • Explain your methods and goals.
  • Tell us something interesting.
  • What worked and didn’t work?
  • How did you overcome challenges?
  • What solutions are you working towards?
  • How will this enable future benefits?
  • What’s next?
  • What can the audience do to get involved or make a difference?
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Time your slam, time your slam, time your slam!
  • Make sure you can finish within the 5-minute limit.
  • Get inspired by watching other Science Slams on YouTube.

To submit your entry, please send us your submission by Monday 25 March.

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