Universitas 21 – 3 minute thesis competition

Each year Universitas 21 runs a three minute thesis competition in which Doctoral Researchers from the U21 member universities compete with each other to present their research to a non-specialist audience in 3 minutes or less.

This year, the event has involved approximately 800 PhD students from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and USA. The original entry  has been narrowed down to just 17 students, from which an overall winner will be selected by an international panel of experts.

We are extremely pleased that one of the 17 finalists is Chris Morgan from Biosciences and you can view Chris’s presentation (along with the other 16 presentations) here www.U213MT.com

EPSRC Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2014

Closing date: 19 November 2014 at 12:00

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having.

Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of their research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, is an online public engagement event funded by the Wellcome Trust that gets scientists talking to school students all over the UK.

They are running a new event November 10th – 21st and it will include a Body Zone (around the topic of Obesity), funded by the Physiological Society – http://www.physoc.org/ and they’re looking for scientists to take part.

Institution of Environmental Sciences – 2014 John Rose Award

The Institution of Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the 2014 John Rose Award is open to applications from postgraduate research students.

The mission of the award is to ensure an exceptional piece of post-graduate research fulfils its potential by publicising it beyond the scientific community. The winner will receive a £1000 grant for media training and dissemination of their project, allowing them to maximise their research’s impact.

Congratulations video competition winners!


At the beginning of April the Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) launched our first ever competition entitled ‘Less Talk, More Action’. Entrants were asked to create short DIY-style videos about their research. Winners were officially announced at our Engagement in Research event where Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement at University of Birmingham, congratulated the winners who could attend on the day.

Below are some of the winning videos for you to watch, let us know what you think.

The PEWG wishes to congratulate all our winners and runners up! There were some fantastic videos produced and we hope that entrants will continue to make videos about their research in future. In fact, we encourage anyone who would like to make a video about their UoB research to have a go! Think you can do better? Who knows, we might run another competition in future!



Brandon Ashinoff 

Anna Philips

Chris Morgan

Chris Allen

Watch HERE

Emily Saunders


Charlie Pinder

Ansgar Koene

Murray Hoggett

Aengus Ward

Charlotte Flavell

Louis Monroy

All winners & runners up should expect an email from engage@contacts.bham.ac.uk with information on how to claim their prize.

Birmingham 3 minute thesis competition – winner announced!

The Birmingham 3 Minute Thesis competition came back with a bang in 2014 when the top two presenters from each College ‘heat’ competed head-to-head in the final which was held on Wednesday 11 June. The competitors were amazing but there could be only one winner and it was Chris Morgan, from the School of Biosciences (College of Life and Environmental Sciences).

Famelab competition – International winner announced

Last week Padraic Flood, a PhD student in plant genetics at Wageningen University, Netherlands triumphed at the International FameLab competition. Padaric beat nearly 2,000 scientists from 22 countries to be crowned the FameLab International Champion 2014 on 5 June at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, UK. Find out more about the competition here or watch the final online.