We are excited to announce that The Global Plant Council and Plants, People, Planet are holding a new science communication competition called #PlantSciStory2021.

The ability to briefly describe your research and its wider impact is a valuable skill. Whether for a poster presentation, conference talk or job application – being able to engage and interest people in your research with few words (and little time) is important. We therefore want to challenge you to put your communication skills to the test by entering #PlantSciStory2021 for a chance to win one of five $100 prizes.

We are looking for participants to succinctly describe their plant-focused research and why it matters, in short threads of four posts or less – this will be your ‘plant science story’.

Winners will be selected based on their ability to effectively communicate their research and its wider impact to a general audience in an engaging and entertaining style.

You can enter #PlantSciStory2021 on Twitter, Instagram or Weibo. See below for more details about how to enter using different platforms.

We look forward to receiving your plant science stories and sharing them with the world! #PlantSciStory2021.

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

  1. Compose your plant science story in the form of some text that describes your research and emphasizes its wider implications or potential impact on society and the planet. Your entry should be 200 words maximum in length. Please make sure to include the hashtag #PlantSciStory2021 to tag it as a competition entry. We can only accept entries submitted in English. We encourage the use of pictures, videos, GIFs or emojis to help illustrate your story, as we are looking for fun and creative entries that appeal to a wide audience.
  2. You can enter #PlantSciStory2021 on any of the following platforms:
    • Twitter by tagging BOTH the Global Plant Council and Plants, People, Planet (@GlobalPlantGPC @plantspplplanet) and using the hashtag #PlantSciStory2021, or
    • Instagram by tagging BOTH the Global Plant Council and Plants, People, Planet (@GlobalPlantGPC @plantspplplanet) and using the hashtag #PlantSciStory2021, or
    • Weibo by tagging the Global Plant Council (@GlobalPlantGPC) and using the hashtag #PlantSciStory2021.
  3. Submission should be in the form of:
    • Twitter: A thread with a maximum length of 4 consecutive tweets. You only need to tag @GlobalPlantGPC and @plantspplplanet, and include the hashtag #PlantSciStory2021 in one of the tweets in your thread.
    • Instagram: A single post with a maximum of 4 images / videos. You should include @GlobalPlantGPC @plantspplplanet and #PlantSciStory2021 in your caption text. If you are including videos, be aware they cannot be longer than 60 seconds (IGTV is not included in this competition).
    • Weibo: A thread with a maximum length of 2 consecutive posts. You should include @GlobalPlantGPC and #PlantSciStory2021 in your text.

Very important: entries will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate their research to a wide audience, as well as on the creativity of their approach. We particularly encourage entries from early career researchers and students.

This contest will remain open until 23:59 BST (UTC+1) on the 31st of May 2021. We will announce the winners after the 30th of June 2021. We eagerly await your entries and very much look forward to seeing (and sharing) your stories!

This activity is part of the ECRi platform, a collection of activities put in motion by The Global Plant Council to help early career researchers with job hunting, grant writing, and acquiring new dissemination and networking skills. It is supported by the New Phytologist Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to the promotion of plant science. It owns and produces two journals: Plants, People, Planet and New Phytologist.

Full Terms & Conditions #PlantSciStory2021 competition

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