What is it? Reach.Out! is a science communication competition for those from the European Materials Science community (students, scientists, engineers, researchers etc) who have designed, organised and carried out a public outreach activity in the EU between 1 January 2013 and 27 April 2014.
What is the deadline? All application materials must be sent by 29 April.
What are the awards? Three prizes of €1 000, €700 and €500 are available, plus certificates.
Can I participate? If you are 18 or over, a member of the European Materials Science community, i.e. currently studying or having studied a relevant subject at university (from undergraduate to doctoral level), or currently working in science, technology or engineering on advanced materials, you may apply. The project may be the result of individual or team work.
What are the judges looking for? To win, projects must demonstrate:
- Impact: the number of people the project has reached, its aims and how they were met, its social or economic aspects, the stakeholders’ gain and feedback, etc.
- Accuracy: the project must be scientifically correct, and must also be relevant to the field of advanced materials.
- Innovation and Creativity: the originality, the creativity and the innovation involved in the project.
Which project types are eligible? Project ideas may include (but are not restricted to) popular science articles (printed or digital), blogging, storytelling, interactive exhibitions and science shows, theatre or stand-up comedy shows, videos or mini documentaries, science cafes or presentations, science and art blending, games (mental or physical skills games, digital or real-life ones), musical compositions or song writing.
The award ceremony will be held during the plenary session of E-MRS Conference, Spring Meeting, in Lille Congress Centre, France, on 28 May 2014.