Canadian Blood Services’ latest trainee competition is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia. We want to hear our trainees’ research stories and this year we’re excited to give trainees the opportunity to showcase these stories by creating engaging video content.
The Competition’s theme is “Impact in motion”. We’re asking trainees to make 180-second videos that explains the applicant’s research and its impact/potential impact to a nonexpert public audience. The winning writer will receive a $500 prize, and there is an additional $300 prize purse available for disbursement to up to two runners-up. Selected entries will be disseminated through the Canadian Blood Services’ and the Centre for Blood Research’s online platforms and social media channels.
The Canadian Blood Services’ Lay Science Writing Competition is open for entries until October 31, 2022.
The competition is open to research trainees at UBC’s Centre for Blood Research and in our Canadian Blood Services research network, which includes trainees directly funded by Canadian Blood Services and those training in laboratories/groups that receive funding from Canadian Blood Services. For more details about the eligibility criteria, read the competition Guidelines. Entries will be judged on the video content, including relevance to the theme and originality, as well as on production quality. The best of luck to all our trainees with this competition. We cannot wait to see what you produce!
To learn more and to submit an application, visit the competition page.
This year, we’re running the Research 180 Video Competition instead of a Lay Science Writing Competition. If you’re looking for inspiration on what makes a good science story, check out the winning entries from past writing competitions.
2021-2022: Science behind the scenes:
First prize - What does it take to make a life-saving drug?
2020-2021: Challenges 2020:
Joint first prize - Lost in lab: deciphering blood immune cells to fight COVID-19
Developing cell biology lessons for seniors in the age of COVID
2019-20: Stories worth telling
First prize - Is TACO best eliminated with Lasix (TACO-BEL)?
2018-19: Research that matters
First prize - Optimizing Cord Blood Donor Recruitment
For details of past competitions and published stories from runners-up, search “lay science writing competition” on our R.E.D. blog.
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