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Prix VIVA/Science Pop – Save the date

2024-09-25 @ 12:00 EDT

Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2024 for VIVA/Science Pop Awards.

This competition allows students and postdocs of the Douglas Research Centre to gain experience in communicating their research topic to a wider audience. The winners of this year’s competition will move on to the provincial finals of the Science POP competition, which is scheduled for Nov. 21-22, 2024.

The VIVA Program, our Knowledge Mobilization initiative is proud to launch its 2024 VIVA Awards, which recognize the best knowledge mobilization activities undertaken by Douglas trainees. As in 2023, the Douglas Research Centre is partnering with IRCM and FRQS’s Science POP program to promote student engagement in Science Communication.

Science POP is a Quebec-wide scientific communication competition brought forward by the IRCM and supported by the FRQS with the mission of promoting dialogue between science and society. The Science POP initiative is part of a common vision of research institutions and funding agencies to put science to the benefit of society. In this spirit, this competition aims to awaken scientific curiosity in the general population of Quebec and to encourage the training of the next generation of scientists, beyond the laboratory experience: to pass on knowledge; to promote research; to be an actor of change.

The competition includes three challenges held in parallel, with different objectives and formats. This year’s competition categories are:

  • Outreach Challenge
  • Media Challenge
  • Sustainable Health Challenge

1. Outreach Challenge

In a 5-minute maximum presentation (in English or in French) candidates will use their creativity to explain a central element of their research project, using accessible language.

To take on this challenge, they must first break your research project down into core notions. Then, they will pick one of those notions and use their educational skills and creativity to translate it into information accessible to a lay audience.

Find out more about the Outreach Challenge here

Downloadable pdf summary – Outreach

2. Media Challenge

In 2-minute maximum presentations (in English or in French), and in an accompanying press-release, candidates will highlight the novel aspects of their research project and its short- and long-term benefits.

To take on this challenge, they will need to put their communication skills to good use by first writing a proper news release*, that highlights the importance of your research work. Respecting the format and guidelines is a major part of the challenge.

Then, on the day of the competition, they will have the equivalent of an elevator ride to catch the audience’s attention with a pitch-style presentation, which should start with a catchphrase, pick up on the key points of the news release and end on a powerful conclusion.

Find out more about the Media Challenge here

Downloadable pdf summary – Media

3. Sustainable Health Challenge

The candidates (1 or 2) will present a 7-minute TEDx-style talk. They are permitted to use an unlimited number of slides, as well as one prop.

To take on this challenge, they will first have to undertake some introspection about their role, as scientists and members of Quebec society, in promoting sustainable health. Then, they will need to showcase their vision by presenting a personal initiative to develop in the near future, or that they have implemented less than a year ago.

Find out more about the Sustainable Health Challenge here

Downloadable pdf summary – Sustainable Health


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