Communicating scientific ideas and discoveries to the world is a tricky task. Each year, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney) and Adam Spencer (Mathematics and Science Ambassador for the University of Sydney) enlighten thousands of Australians with their knowledge and communication of science.
Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as Dr Karl and Adam like to say, "Learn something without even noticing". It is intended to support budding young scientists across the nation, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication.
There is a prize pool of $10,000 to be shared between the winners and their schools, and finalist representatives also win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.
Films must be 90 seconds in duration and students are required to focus on a scientific concept, discovery, invention or their own scientific hypothesis – anything goes, but keep the science in the story, and keep the science real!
Each film entered in 2020 must be based on the theme 'Water'.
Judges will make their selection based the accuracy of the science content, science communication skills and originality in capturing the theme.
I would certainly encourage anyone with an interest in this sort of thing, not just STEM but video making and science communication ... to contribute to this competition. It's such a great challenge and it's fantastic to do it with a bunch of your friends. Anna Hardy, co-winner 2017 Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize - Secondary
Key 2020 dates
Wednesday 5 February Prize information including judging criteria announced
Wednesday 4 March Entries open
Friday 1 May Entries close
Late July (date TBC) Finalists announced
Wednesday 26 August Winners announced at Award Dinner