#PlanetaryScience4All EPEC-EPSC video contest

#PlanetaryScience4All EPEC-EPSC 4-minute video contest: Call for PhD students

The Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Communication working group is giving all PhD students involved in planetary science the opportunity to showcase their research through a 4-minute video contest called #PlanetaryScience4All.

All videos will be shown during a dedicated session during the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020, which is being held as a virtual meeting for the first time from 21 September – 9 October. The winner will be announced at the end of the virtual conference.

#PlanetaryScience4All challenges PhD students to explain their research project to a general public audience in just 4 minutes. The videos will be judged on scientific content, communication skills and creativity.

The winner of the competion will receive a free registration for EPSC 2021, which will be held Helsinki, Finland, from 19-24 September 2021. The winning video will be also shared via the Europlanet website, newsletters and social media and will be used to inspire young people in future EPEC outreach activities.

Entries are welcome on all planetary science related topics (atmosphere, surfaces, models, analogues, simulations etc) applied to any planetary bodies (planets, asteroids, comets, meteorites, exoplanets).

#PlanetaryScience4All video contest FAQ

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all PhD students working in planetary science or related fields.

Is there a specific topic or subject area?

There is no specific topic. All PhD topics related to planetary science are welcome (planets, asteroids, comets, meteorites, astrobiology, analogue missions, space instrumentation etc).

Is there an age limit?

The competition is open to all PhD students with no age limit.

How can I submit the video?

To enter the contest, fill in the application form. In the form, you will be asked to submit a link to your video and tell us a bit about yourself and your research. Make sure that the link to your video is working and is accessible to external people or your submission will not be evaluated.

How long should the video be?

The video must be a maximum of 4 minutes long. Longer videos will not be eligible. Shorter video may be evaluated if the quality of the video content is high. We strongly recommend to use all the time you have to explain your work as best as you can. The videos may be shared in Europlanet and EPEC outreach activities aimed at the general public and schools.

Is there a file size limit?

There is no file size limit. However, full HD videos of 3 to 4 minutes are usually around 60–120 MBs, so we suggest that you don’t exceed this size range. Remember that compression can reduce the size and quality of the resulting file.

Which file formats will be accepted?

The most common formats are .AVI and .MP4. The videos will be shared via Europlanet social media channels so we recommend that you use a format accepted by the majority of platforms.

Here a useful link: https://sproutsocial.com/insights/social-media-video-specs-guide/#facebook

Are there any specific requirements for the content?

The video must be about your own research. If you are using illustrations that you have not created yourself you MUST check that you have the necessary permissions and that you give the correct credits for all images, graphs, videos, figures etc.

Since the time is limited, make sure you are focused and plan your time well. For example, you might want to use 30 seconds to introduce yourself, 1 minute to introduce your research, 1 minute for general results, 1 minute for conclusions and the last 30 seconds to say what you are going to do next. However, there is no fixed template, so be creative!

Choose a good title to make your video stand out.

You can use whatever device you have available to record your video – your phone, your laptop, a camera… it’s up to you. An easy method is to use a video-conferencing service (like Zoom) with you as the sole participant, but you may find other creative solutions. And unlike a live presentation, you have the chance for multiple “takes” before sending us your video! You can edit, adapt and add as many (or few) effects as you wish.

Are there prizes?

The winner of the video contest will receive a free registration to EPSC 2021 which will be held in Helsinki, Finland. The winning video will be highlighted on the Europlanet website and social media channels.

When is the deadline?

The submission deadline for videos is 31 August 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Who is going to judge the videos?

The judging will be in three steps. In Step 1, the EPEC Communication Working Group members will evaluate the submissions according to the following criteria:  scientific content, presentation delivery, structure, layout and visual effects quality.  In Step 2, a panel made up of EPEC network members and science communicators will be asked select two finalists. In Step 3, the EPSC 2020 Executive Committee will be asked to select the winner. The winner will be announced at the end of the virtual meeting by EPEC Communication Working Group Co-Chairs.

Any other guidance?

We want to give as much freedom as possible to PhD students to find their own way of sharing their research. Drawing, animations, Lego videos, sharing presentations… Be creative! Any format is welcome, so long as it demonstrates your communication skills.

Submit your video now!