Would you like to become excellent at explaining your research? Participate in the Researchers’ Grand Prix! Through the N.Ö.R.D (National Open Nationwide Contest), you can directly win a place in the Researchers’ Grand Prix final!

Anita Pettersson från Högskolan i Borås, vinnare av Forskar Grand Prix 2016 och prisutdelaren Sven Stafström, generaldirektör Vetenskapsrådet, vid finalen i Stockholm 2016. Foto: VA/Erik Cronberg.
Anita Pettersson, winner 2016. Photo: VA/Erik Cronberg.

In connection with the European Researchers Night in Sweden, the science festival ForskarFredag, multiple local Forskar Grand Prix contests are being held around the country. The winner of each of these local heats then proceed to the national Researchers’ Grand Prix final in Stockholm. Would you also like to accept the challenge and compete? N.Ö.R.D. is the open heat which gives researchers all over Sweden a chance to directly win a place in the final. So send us your contribution to enter now!

How to compete:

  1. Prepare a presentation about your research that is maximum 4 minutes long. The presentation should be held in Swedish or English. You may use aids such as Powerpoint, videos, props, clothing etc. but bear in mind that you must be able to deliver your presentation on a stage in front of a live audience.
  2. Record the presentation using your smartphone or similar. We want to see a full body shot, as if you were delivering the presentation live. Don’t do any editing! The quality of the video does not matter, however it is important that we can see and hear you.
  3. Upload the video to Youtube (or another video platform) and provide the link to it in the form below, together with the required information about yourself. You can make the video private and password protected if you want to. Just don’t forget to mention the password in the form.
  4. Send us your contribution. We do no longer accept contributions for Reseachers’ Grand Prix 2020.

Tips on how to make a great presentation! (Video in Swedish with English subtitles)

Jury, selection and assessment

The 2020 expert jury for N.Ö.R.D. is:

  • Jörn Spolander, science reporter at TT
  • Keivan Javanshiri, PhD at Lunds university and winner of Researcher’s Grand Prix 2019
  • Sissela Kyle, actor and comedian
Jörn Spolander.
Keivan Javanshiri.
Photo: Tove Smeds.
Sissela Kyle.
Photo: Johan Paulin/SVT.

The jury evaluates the submitted presentations based on three key criteria:

  • RESEARCH – To what degree do you succeed in describing the scientific process (question, method, results, etc.)? Please note that this step is not evaluating the quality of your research.
  • INSIGHT/COMPREHENSION – To what degree do you manage to create drama in your presentation? Your use of language (easy/difficult words, vivid descriptions, etc.)?
  • PRESENTATION – To what degree do you succeed in engaging the public through your body language, movement, voice, etc?


If you get through to the final, you will be given additional coaching by a drama expert. Here, you will gain knowledge and experience which will be beneficial to you long after the competition is over! Previous contestants have particularly appreciated this stage of the process.

Important info

  • The last day to apply is 15th of November 2020.
  • If you get through to the final, you will be informed in late November.
  • You will get a masterclass in presentation skills. Here, you will get help perfecting your presentation. The date and time will be decided in consultation with you.
  • The day before the final, there will be a meeting for all finalists in Stockholm. The meeting is followed by a dinner.
  • The final takes place on 16th of December 2020 at Nalen in Stockholm. Count on being there all day.
  • Vetenskap & Allmänhet will cover the cost of your accommodation, but not your travel to and from Stockholm.

Is there a regional heat happening near you?

During the science festival ForskarFredag 2020, researchers at some universities are invited to take part in local regional heat. You will get personal coaching and will compete against 3-6 other contestants for a place in the final. Interested? Get in touch with the project manager at your university or send us an e-mail at [email protected] and we will connect you with the right person.

Regional heats 2020:

  • Lund/Helsingborg, Lund University
  • Stockholm, House of Science together with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, Karolinska Institute and Scania
  • Stockholm, Systembolaget
  • Umeå, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Umeå University/Curiosum science center.

The Researchers’ Grand Prix has been organised annually since 2012. The contest is supported by  the research councils Formas, Forte, Vetenskapsrådet and Vinnova, and organised by Vetenskap & Allmänhet.


Hanna Mellin, communications manager for the N.Ö.R.D.
Digital communications manager at Vetenskap & Allmänhet
[email protected] 47 61