The world of popular/media science can be very hard to navigate, stories are often over-simplified, sensationalised and occasionally just plain wrong. And, with rising mistrust of experts it’s never been more important to make sure science has a strong, rational, engaging and, most importantly, truthful voice.
So, we at the British Science Association want to set a challenge to AS/A-level students across Greater Manchester. We are inviting students to meet active researchers from the University of Manchester at our press conference on Tuesday the 7th of March 2017. During this day-long event students will get to hear about some of the exciting research happening right here in Manchester, they will then get the chance to network and interview these researchers before being challenged to write a short lay-science article on a topic of their choice.
One winner will receive a £50 Amazon voucher while two runner-up articles will receive £25 vouchers – winning entries will also be published online on a popular science blog!
Sign-up is now open to all schools in the Greater Manchester area, this is on a first come first serve basis up to a maximum of 60 students. Please note that we are only allowing 5 student submissions per-school and, due to the popularity of our 2016 competition, we expect to reach capacity quickly so please sigh-up soon to avoid disappointment.
You can sign your students up here:
Registration closes in January at which time each student will be sent an information booklet, this will contain: information on participating academic researchers, hints and tips on writing a lay-science article, a detailed plan for the press conference and example articles from our 2017 contest.
We look forward to signing you up and meeting you all in March!
Extra information – 2016 winning entries:
We extend a huge thank you to all teachers, students and mentors who took time to be involved in this contest. We received some amazing entries and judging was very hard but we are pleased to announce our winners:
Winning entry: Till Hancock – read this entry here
Runner-up: Hayley Martin – read this entry here
Runner-up: Maaham Saleem – read this entry here