About Breaking Science

Breaking Science is an annual science communication competition for early career researchers (PhDs and postdocs). They have just three minutes to present their research or a scientific concept from their field of study to a panel of judges.

The 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.

Training

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

    “Giving the pitch was nice and a cool experience in and of itself, but the real value and experience to me comes mainly from the training sessions! Presenting was a nice conclusion to this amazing workshop.”

    Contestant Breaking Science 2019

    Heats

    During 4 heats the contestants will compete with each other (approximately 8 researchers per heat). The contestants will be judged by a jury consisting of a researcher and a science journalist. The top 2 contestants will move on to the final!

    Final

    In the final 8 contestants will present their final pitch. All heats as well as the final will take place in Parnassos Cultural Centre.

    The winner

    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