About Breaking Science

What is Breaking Science?

Breaking Science is an annual science communication competition for young Utrecht researchers (aged 20 - 40). They have just three minutes to present their research or a scientific concept from their field of study to a panel of judges. These judges will select the best 2 participants based on 3 criteria (content, clarity and charisma). The winners of the heat will then continue on to the final.

A real 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. Breaking Science offers the opportunity to learn and improve this skill.

The Training

Before entering the contest you will be trained by the professionals of Artesc. A unique experience during which you will learn how to design your pitch, how to bring this to the stage and how to engage with the audience.

The Heats

During 3-4 heats the contestants will compete with each other (approximately 8 participants per heat). The participants will be judged by a jury consisting of a researcher and a science journalist. The top two contestants will move on to the final!

The Final

In the final 6-8 contestants will present their final pitch. All heats as well as the final will take place in the cosy environment of Café Hofman.

The Prize

A jury will assess all pitches based on content, clarity and charisma. The winner of the final receives €1500 to be spent on attending conferences or summer schools.

    Impression of Breaking Science

    Breaking science is not just great fun, but also enables you in a unique way to present your science to a broader audience

    Philip Minderhoud - finalist Breaking Science 2018