The RCSU Science Challenge
The Science Challenge is the RCSU's annual international Science Communication Competition.
For the 2022 competition the theme was climate change, and the questions were set by Professor Lord Robert Winston, Professor Kathy Sykes, Professor Richard Templer and Dr Paulo Ceppi, all of whom are passionate about science communication and climate change.
Alongside these titans in their fields, the grand finale event also welcomed guest speakers Zion Lights and Ana Musat, who gave inspring talks to our shortlisted finalists so they might consider careers in climate change.
With entrants from schools across the globe, and a bumper year for participation, the judges had a hell of a time deciding on winners.
Launching the competition
The 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.
Watch the competition launch video now!
When is it?
The Science Challenge launched 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 closed on 17.00 on 11 February 2022.
All shortlisted candidates were invited to the Grand Finale on 21 March 2022, held at the Royal Institution. Candidates were asked to prepare a short presentation on their submission topic, which they were to present to the audience if they win.
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. Please note, entries must be made by individuals and not by teams.
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.
The theme for 2022 was climate change.
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.