Snap Science
Outreach
26 Oct 12:00 am - 20 Nov 11:59 pm

virtual

What is it

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology (CBNS) is dedicated to arming our members with valuable skills and tools to meet future challenges and become research leaders.
One of the most important tools for a successful career is communication. Have you ever found yourself speechless trying to answer “What’s your research?” Have you found an articulate way to answer this frequently asked question? Or do you want to create a fun way to explain your findings?
Snap Science is based on the very successful Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with a slight spin. We want videos of you explaining your research in an understandable and entertaining way that can help to raise awareness of your work.
Designed to be an outreach tool, you have flexibility in how you present to your camera – you can use props, song lyrics and/or audio but only as tools to solidify your words.

Who can participate

 All CBNS Members! This means Honours, Masters and PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, senior researchers or even keen CIs.

Rules

  • 90-second video.
  • A plain background, a few items is around you is fine but nothing that draws the eye away from you.
  • The video title must be clear, short and understood by non-scientists
  • No science jargon/slang. A 10-year old should be able to understand your words.

Submission requirements

  • Videos to be uploaded to Samantha Snowden-Finch’s Dropbox Folder
  • Files must be saved as TITLE_FIRST NAME_SURNAME.
  • Submissions are now closed.

Judges’ Choice Award

The Judges’ Choice Award winner will be awarded a gift card of $100 and will be invited to present their winning entry in person at the Annual Research Workshop in March 2021 with their accommodation and conference package covered – if the member is unable to attend their video will be shown at the Annual Research Workshop.

Bright Star Award

Videos will be shared with a selection of high school students, through a teacher, who will judge the videos using the criteria below. The Bright Award will receive a gift card of $150 and will be invited to present their winning entry in person at the CBNS Annual Research Workshop in March 2021 with their accommodation and conference package covered – if the member is unable to attend, their video will be shown at the Annual Research Workshop.

FAQs

  • What format can the video be?
    • Mp4, mpeg, mjpeg, avi, mpeg 1, 2 or 4.
  • Can I use palm cards or notes during my video?
    • Yes, palm cards and/or speech notes are acceptable however this option may detract from the visual and is not recommended.
  • Can I use a quote from a poem or a song?
    • Yes, quotes can be included from a poem or song if it is relevant. Poetry and song lyrics are permitted but please ensure it is clear and fits with your theme. Please check copyright restrictions.
  • Can I use sound or video?
    • Yes, but it cannot be the focal point.
  • Can I have an additional person in my video?
    • No. Only one person in the video.
  • Who is judging?
    • The Judges Choice Award will be judged by 3 CBNS members, 1 member of the Admin team and 1 external stakeholder.
    • The Bright Star Award will be judged by (tbc) number of years 8 – 11 secondary school students from 2 schools.
  • Can I use animation or visuals?
    • Yes, but please check copyright restrictions. We prefer that the whole video is not fully animation. Any animation or visual needs to be within the submitted file – it cannot be uploaded separately.