Science Challenge logoThe Science Challenge is an annual science communication competition organised by the Royal College of Science Union, the constituent union of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The competition requires entrants to demonstrate their skills in scientific debate and reasoning, testing the ability of today's young scientists to teach the public about the science that affects their lives.

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When is it?

The Science Challenge will launch on 9 December 2021, with presentations by each guest judge on their competition questions, providing an overview of what they're looking for and what entrants will need to do.

Entries will close in February and shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Grand Finale event on 21 March 2022, which typically takes place at an exclusive London venue – this year's Grande Finale will take place at the Royal Institution.

Who is it for?

The Science Challenge is the perfect opportunity for young scientists to communicate science in an engaging, concise and creative manner. You can take part in the Science Challenge if you're an Imperial student or if you are in the last four years of secondary school (or the international equivalent).

Entries from schools will be judged separately from Imperial entries; each year there is one overall Schools winner and one overall Imperial winner.

How does it work?

Each year a theme is chosen, with four questions set for the contestants by each of our guest judges.

All entries will be divided into categories based on the question answered by the constestant, and a group of shortlisted finalists will be invited to the Grand Finale event in March where a winner will be chosen for each category and receive a trophy and certificate.

Our purpose and mission

Ultimately, the Science Challenge is here to provoke thought amongst scientists of the future generations; what are the problems affecting society and how can they use science to help resolve them? And how can we effectively communicate science and its consequences to the wider public?

By taking part in the competition, not only will you learn how to answer these questions, you might even learn more about yourself.