Increasingly, researchers are asked to explain their research in a (very) short timeframe and to an audience of laymen. Quite a challenge to explain something you are unravelling for years in just 3 minutes! But mastering the skill of pitching is very useful, for instance for obtaining personal grants.

In collaboration with the international science communication competition FameLab, Utrecht University organises a contest for Life Sciences researchers: Breaking Science. During the heats the contestants will explain their research or a scientific concept in just 3 minutes. A jury will assess all pitches based on the criteria: Content, Clarity and Charisma. Of eacht heat 3 winners will go to the Utrecht final. The winner of the Utrecht final will win 1500,- euro to attend a conference or summer school. Furthermore, the numbers one and two of the Utrecht final will compete against researchers from 5 other universities during the national FameLab final, on May 3 in Tivoli Vredenburg. The winner of this final will get a spot in the international final in June in the UK.

Get to know the contestants: