Breaking Science 2024 - heat 2

Utrecht research explained in three minutes


Breaking Science is back! During the annual science communication competition, early-career researchers have just three minutes to pitch their research or a scientific concept from their field of study. Who can tell the most convincing science story of 2024?

Kulsum is on stage. With her hands, she makes a gesture to make a point.

Breaking Science is a science communication battle for young scientists organized by Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht. We aim to help discover up-coming researchers who can inspire you to see the world from a completely new perspective… all in a timespan of just three minutes!

In total 32 candidates will battle during four heats, on May 6, 13, 15 and 22. Each heat sends through their two winners to the big final on May 29th. Come join us in supporting the researchers! 


Want to know more about the contestants? You can learn more about the candidates and their research on our website.

Battle 'rules'

The rules for Breaking Science are few, but crucial:

  1. Each competitor has 3 minutes and not a second more to present any scientific, engineering, mathematical or medical topic of their choice;
  2. PowerPoint slides are taboo, as are any other electronic presentation or audio recording types;
  3. Participants can only use the props that they can carry onto stage themselves.

A jury, consisting of a science journalist and an experienced Utrecht researcher will tighten the screws on the pitch and provide crucial constructive feedback. They will determine the winners on the basis of three selection criteria: quality of content, clarity of presentation and connection. Who can tell the most convincing science story of 2024?

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Bar – Parnassos Cultuurcentrum, Kruisstraat 201, 3581GK, Utrecht

No application necessary, but places are limited so be on time

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