FINALS 19 October 2015 - Registration for the audience is now open!

If you are not yet ready to submit your video, you can become a part of this wonderful evening as a participant and help us choose the BEST SLAMMER who will win a FREE round trip to Europe. The only thing you need to do is to register here.

Participation is free but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided.

Download the flyer here (1.04 MB) .

The EURAXESS scientific communication competition is BACK! Join the EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2015 and slam your way to Europe! Submission is open from 29 May to 25 September 2015

Once again, 5 researchers from North America will be competing in the finals of the EURAXESS Science Slam for the title of North America's best science communicator. The 2015 Finals will take place this autumn in Chicago, IL, USA!

The new champion will join the winners of the EURAXESS Science Slams ASEAN, Brazil, China, India, and Japan on a unique networking trip to Europe in 2016. There they will get the opportunity to visit a research lab of their choice anywhere in the European Union.

What is a science slam?

A science slam is a scientific talk where scientists present their own scientific research work in a given time frame - usually 10 minutes or less - in front of a non-expert audience. The focus lies on teaching current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way. The presentation is judged by the audience [and if applicable a jury]. A science slam is a form of science communication. (Source: Wikipedia)

EURAXESS Science Slam - What is it about?

The EURAXESS Science Slam is a contest giving researchers the chance to showcase their research projects to their peers and the wider public in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.

This science communication contest is organized by EURAXESS Links annually in all EURAXESS Links locations (ASEAN, Brazil, China, India, Japan and North America).

In North America, the competition is open to researchers of all nationalities, all fields of research, and all stage of careers, as from Masters students.

The EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2015 pre-selection campaign opens on 29 May 2015. Candidacies must be sent until 25 September 2015. Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions below to know who can participate and how to participate.

The best 5 candidates will be selected to battle it out for the title of EURAXESS Science Slammer North America 2015 in the LIVE slam. Each one of them will have 10 minutes to present a topic related to his/her research, in English, using the media of his/her choice (video, audio material, powerpoint presentation (no text, use only pictures) or any other kind of media, as well as scientific equipment).

In 2015, the finals will be held in Chicago on 19 October.

To help you decide and get inspired...

Read our flyer and watch the official EURAXESS Science Slam 2015 trailer here.

Also, do not miss the very nice video clip made by our colleagues in Brazil.

Meet Kurtis Baute, the Winner of EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2014!

Kurtis Baute, MSc Candidate School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, ON, Canada was crowned EURAXESS Science Slam Winner North America 2014 after his outstanding presentation entitled “The Power of Plant Farts”!

Watch Kurtis's finals Slam here.

Because he won the North-American EURAXESS Science Slam contest, Kurtis spent 12 days in Europe on a Science-Tour. He made a video entitled "What the Heck is a Science Slam?" to give you a sense of what that trip was like and to help explain exactly what this 'Science Slam' phenomenon is.

Look at the pictures from the 2014 Science Slam finals here.

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Please read carefully these terms and conditions before submitting your candidacy!

Slam your way to a free trip to Europe! Submission for the 2nd EURAXESS Science Slam North America from 15 May to 15 September, 2014

In 2013, researchers from all over North America joined in the first edition of the EURAXESS Science Slam North America and 5 of them took part in exciting finals in Washington, DC.

Thanks to her excellent communication skills, Dr Katrien Kolenberg, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Solar, Stellar and Planetary Division, won the contest, became North America’s first EURAXESS Science Slammer and embarked on a trip to Europe.

Look at the pictures from the 2013 Science Slam finals here.

In 2014, EURAXESS Links North America is once again looking for North America’s best science slammers.

Five finalists will battle it out for the title of “EURAXESS Science Slammer North America 2014” in the LIVE slam to be held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, ON, Canada on 22 October 2014.

The first prize is a free trip to Europe!

Download the flyer here.

Register here to be part of the Science Slam 2014 audience in Toronto on 22 October 2014.

Online submission of slam candidacies is open between 15 May and to 15 September, 2014

What this is about:

EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2014 is the second edition of a contest giving researchers based in North America the chance to showcase their research projects to their peers and the wider public in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.

It is open to researchers of all nationalities and from all fields of research. Every participant at the final slam to be held in Toronto on 22 October 2014 will present a topic related to their research to an audience of non-experts. The slam will be given in English in a max of 10 minutes and can be supported by video and audio material, ppt. slides and any other kind of media available, as well as by scientific equipment. The performances of the participants will be judged by the audience and the jury based on conceptualization, style and originality.

The winner will be awarded a free trip to Europe where he or she will attend a science communication workshop along with the winners of the other EURAXESS Science Slams organized in ASEAN, Brazil, China, India and Japan. He/She will also have the opportunity to go to a European research institution of his/her choice!

What you need to do:

  1. Get creative and develop an original idea to present your research project to the world: Tap dancing, singing, old-school presentation, scientific equipment – all is allowed.
  2. Make a max. 6-minute (ideally 3 mins) video of the presentation to be held in the LIVE finals with your camera phone (or equivalent). Make sure the presentation is in English.
  3. Upload your video via DropBox or post a link to our Facebook site. Participants can also send the link via email directly to northamerica@euraxess.net
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Please read carefully these terms and conditions before submitting your candidacy!

If you are a researcher currently based in North America (US and Canada), enter the competition by posting a video featuring your science slam on our LinkedIn site, or upload it on YouTube or DropBox and send the link directly to northamerica@euraxess.net before 10 September 2013.

Up to 7 entries will be invited to join the EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013 finals to be held in the Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of the American University in Washington, DC on 24 September 2013 between 5:00 and 8:00PM.

The best science slammer wins a free trip to Europe!

For full details on how to participate and the Terms and Conditions please click here (377.07 KB) .

Do you have what it takes to become the 1st EURAXESS Science Slammer? (2.13 MB)

EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013 - Finalists

  1. Mr. Venanzio CICHELLA – PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, field: Mechanical Engineering
  2. Mr. Alexander FERWORN, CD, PhD – Professor, Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director at the Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada
  3. Ms. Katrien KOLENBERG, PhD – Marie Curie Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA
  4. Mr. Martin SKARZYNSKI – PhD Candidate at the Georgetown University and a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC and Maryland, USA
  5. Ms. Federica VILLA, PhD – Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, USA

Information

Directions_Katzen Arts Center.pdf (179.2 KB)

CampusMap4ISOC.pdf (1.33 MB)

AUBus.pdf (2.11 MB)

The winner of the 1st EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013 is Dr. Katrien KOLENBERG originally from Belgium but currently conducting research as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, USA. The title of her “Slam” was Stellar Sounds. In her 10 minute presentation she was able to convince the jury consisting of 6 very distinguished members and the audience receiving 258 votes in total.

Once more, CONGRATULATIONS Katrien!!!

A big “THANK YOU” goes to all the finalists, the jury members, the American University and to all the participants who came to support our very first Science Slam!

All the finalists and the EURAXESS Links North America Regional Representatives

More pictures can be seen on our Facebook page.