Do you want to become Sweden’s best science communicator? Participate in the NÖRD contest!

Applications are now open for N.Ö.R.D., the online open heat of the Swedish Researchers’ Grand Prix 2020. In the Researchers’ Grand Prix, researchers in Sweden compete to present their research in as understandable, captivating and inspiring way possible in just four minutes. An expert jury together with the audience decide the winner.

Oliver Konzock was one of two finalists who qualified for the 2019 final through N.Ö.R.D. Photo: Erik Cronberg.

Is your university or research funder not included in the list of this year’s organisers of regional heats? * Then you can still compete to become Sweden’s best science communicator! Through the online open heat N.Ö.R.D. you can directly win a place in the final to be held on 16 December at Nalen in Stockholm.

In the Researchers’ the Grand Prix, you have four minutes on stage to present your research in the most interesting and educational way possible. It is not a competition about the best research project, but about presenting your research in an engaging way for a public audience that has no prior knowledge about the subject.

The Researchers’ Grand Prix gives you useful life skills

You will receive advice and tips on how to best design your presentation. If you win a place in the final, you will also receive individual coaching in presentation techniques given by a presentation coach to fine-tune your presentation. You’ll gain knowledge and experience that will be of benefit to you throughout your career!

I feel more comfortable about explaining my research and have learned tricks that I can use in future presentations – Participant 2019

How to participate

  1. Prepare a presentation about your research that is a maximum of 4 minutes long. The presentation should be held in Swedish or English. You may use aids such as Powerpoint, props, clothing, videos etc. but bear in mind that you must be able to deliver the presentation on a stage in front of a live audience.
  2. Record the presentation using a smartphone or similar. We want to see a full body shot, as if you were delivering the presentation live. NB. The quality of the video does not matter, what’s important is that we can see and hear you give your presentation.
  3. Upload the video to Youtube (or another video platform) and provide the link to it in the form on the application page, together with additional information. You can make the video private so that only those with the password can view it.
  4. Submit your application. The last day to apply is 15 November 2020.

For tips on how to put together your presentation, view here (videos in Swedish, remember to turn on English subtitles).

It has been a very inspiring and educational experience and a fantastic opportunity to share your research with a wide audience – Participant from 2019

It was a great experience and a lot of fun. Being part of such a professionally organised event was totally new for me, as well as standing on a big stage presenting my research in that format. I think I have learned a lot! – Participant from 2019

It is a practical way of carrying out the third task of universities (collaboration with society). It is great training in how to communicate your research to the public, which is extremely important when it comes to disseminating your research via different media. It’s also useful in teaching and actually in your research too as you have to really think about  the essence of your research and be able to summarise everything in 4 minutes. – Participant 2019

* See a list of the regional heats.


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