Researchers’ Grand Prix is a Swedish competition that has been run annually since 2012. We challenge researchers to present their research in as captivating, inspiring and educational a way as possible – in just four minutes! Together, expert judges and the audience decide the winner.
Researchers can qualify to the final through regional heats that take place in cities across Sweden as a part of the science festival European Researchers’ Night in Sweden. In addition, researchers can qualify for the final via the online application N.Ö.R.D. The final takes place in November each year, where the finalists compete for the title of Sweden’s best science communicator.
Why the Researchers’ Grand Prix?
There are many situations when it is useful for researchers to know how to describe their research to in a simple way – when applying for funding, when working with journalists, when engaging with the public, or at the dinner table with family and friends. Researchers participating in the contest are given training in rhetoric and stage performance, both in groups and individually, which has been much appreciated by the participants.
The Researchers’ Grand Prix is organised jointly by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science), the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (Forte) and the Sweden’s Innovation Agency, VINNOVA.