The mission

Science POP is a Quebec-wide initiative in scientific communication that aims to promote the dialogue between science and society, while encouraging the personal and professional accomplishment of graduate students in health sciences beyond their research work or academic curriculum.

More than a mere competition, Science POP aims to become a platform that showcases the great talents in communication of our student body and to inspire them to find their passions.

The mission

The three challenges

The Science POP competition holds three challenges, each putting a different aspect of scientific communication to the test: To teach. To convince. To inspire.

The challenges are briefly described below. Anyone eligible to become a candidate and wishing to participate can check out the Informations about challenges for further details, including:

  • Science POP competition rules
  • Specific guidelines for each challenge
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Examples
  • A few ressources

Popularization challenge

OBJECTIVE: Explain a central element of your research project

Candidates taking on this challenge will have to show creativity and teaching skills to explain a key concept of their research project in a clear, simple and accessible manner.

For example:
- A biological process (ex: apoptosis)
- A laboratory technique (e.g. electron microscopy)
- An experimental model (e.g. Drosophila)
- A clinical symptom (e.g. anaphylactic shock)
- A therapeutic treatment (e.g. pancreatic islet transplantation)

Popularization challenge

Valorization challenge

OBJECTIVE: Highlight the benefits of your research project

For this challenge, candidates will need to delve into the world of journalism and produce a news release of no more than 400 words, showcasing their research project by highlighting :
- The societal needs or issues addressed by their work
- The innovativeness of the research
- The short-, medium- and/or long-term outcomes
- The partnerships that may be generated

Candidates will then have 1 to 2 minutes, during the competition, to capture the audience's attention and convince them to read the news release.

Valorization challenge

Mobilization challenge

OBJECTIVE: Show personal commitment to sustainable health

Candidates choosing this challenge will have to present a personal project that they wish to implement to promote the well-being and health of the population of Quebec. This can be :

- An approach, a pedagogical tool, an event, a development plan, an invention, a campaign, a large-scale participation in an initiative, or any other concrete action
- In draft form, under development, or completed less than one (1) year as of April 2023

Mobilization challenge

Main steps of the competition

The Quebec-wide initiative will unfold in several phases:

1) Registration of institutions that wish to participate by holding an internal competition, prior to the provincial final;

2) Registration to attend the CRIR Internal Competition opens: December 8, 2022;

3) Call for papers for the CRIR Internal Competition opens: January 19, 2023;

4) Call for papers ends: February 19, 2023, 11:30 pm;

5) Training of the participants through preparatory workshops offered by Science POP (March 2023);

6) CRIR internal competition: April 18, 2023 at Le Groupe Maurice amphitheater of IUGM Research Centre in Montreal;

7) The Science POP Provincial Final will be held on May 27 and 28, 2023 at the IRCM in Montreal.

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Main steps of the competition
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