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Apply to compete in this years Science Communication Slam!

Share your scientific voice for a chance to win £150

Unlock the power of your scientific voice at our Science Communication Slam! 10 UCL students will take to the stage to dazzle the UCL and wider community with a three-minute flash talk on a piece of academic work that they have done around sustainability and climate change!

This ain't your usual class presentation! Our flash talks will happen in the UCL quad under our dazzling marquis tent! You'll take centre stage to compete against other students for the most accessible, engaging, and impactful talk! All the while you and the audience will be cheering, clapping, and maybe even dancing in their seats as our competitors showcase their passion and creativity as the story of a piece of their work.

Our panel of Voluntary and Community Sector leaders will select one slamming student to win an impressive £150 love to shop voucher.

This years theme: Energizing Solutions for a Sustainable Planet

The climate emergency presents our students with some of the most pressing areas of research. All across the univeristy, students are working to address this global challenge.

We want to hear about a piece of work you have done that is helping to energise solutions for a more sustainable planet. Whether its a paper, experiment, or presentation that you've done, take that work and distil it down into a flash talk that will connect with our wider community.

What if I'm not a scientist?

We are looking for students from all academic backgrounds. Are you an architect thinking about how buildings can heal our planet? An anthropologist studying how the climate crisis affects social relations in rural communities? An artist reducing textile waste through public art? We want you on board! The most important critieria is a keen interest in communicating complex ideas in an accessible way.

Check out our details below:

WhenEvent Training and Induction Session: 29 May 2024 14.00 - 16.30 on UCL Main Campus

Science Communication Slam!: 6 June 2024 16.30 - 20.00 at UCL Main Quad. Registration for audience members can be found here.
EligibilityMust be a student enrolled at UCL
Must be able to attend both the Slam night and event training in person
ApplicationsApplications will be accepted until 29 May 2024 at 12.00 and selected students will be notified on a rolling basis.

Judging Criteria

Accessible to allContent is presented in a manner that is understandable to individuals without specialized knowledge in the field.
Technical terms are explained clearly, and jargon minimized or avoided
The wider worldConnections are made between the research and the wider world, impact is discussed and calls to action are made
Captivating communityThe talk leaves the audience feeling inspired or motivated to take action, the content is engaging, moving, or fun!
Crystal clear messageThe talk is structured well and is easy for people to follow, the talk fits within the 3-5min flash talk

Join the Science Communication Slam Rota of Events All Throughout May!

Ever get asked by your family or friends, what is your research about? Struggle to get them to understand? This is more common than you think and is a super good indicator that you’re ready to work on your science communication skills!

Unlock the power of your scientific voice at our Science Communication Slam! Join us for dynamic training sessions throughout May that provide a crash course in effective science communication. Choose from a menu of options and build yourself your own learning pathway, based on what you need.

Make sure to take advantage of Science Communication Slam! line up of events happening all throughout the month of May.