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Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a competition asking young budding film-makers to make creative and engaging short films that explore contemporary bioethics issues in medicine and biology.

The competition, called Box Office Bioethics, is open to students in the UK and Republic of Ireland, where they can enter as individuals or in teams in three categories: Year 11 and under, Years 12 and 13, and Undergraduate.

Winners will receive coveted prizes, including £200 in gift vouchers and the film being screened at the council’s annual public lecture.

The deadline is 24 February 2012.

For more details and information on how to enter the competition visit: and


60_seconds.jpg60 second Science is a competition that invites budding film-makers to make a 60-second film which explains a science concept or phenomena. Entry is free and open to everyone!

Now in its third year, this competition will recognise and award International entries (or outside Australia) with cash prizes in four different categories:

(1) OPEN: any age, for non-school-age entrants, professional, amateur film-makers welcome

(2) PRIMARY/JUNIOR/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Students: first 7 years of schooling, not counting Kindergarten


(4) LOTE: a film with spoken soundtrack in a language other than English, but with English subtitles

The films must be 60 seconds or less, including credits at the beginning and end, which will be judged by a prestigious panel of International scientists, film-makers and multimedia experts. There is no limit to the number of films you can submit, but it must be original work and filmed in 2011.

The registration deadline for 60 second Science 2011 is October 14th, 5pm (your timezone). Once you’ve registered, you must submit your film online by October 28th, 5pm.

The full rules for the competition, tips on the film-making process, and lots of previous entrants and winners to inspire you, visit the website:


dc-badge.gif There are quite a number of SciCast-related competitions spread around the UK and the world. Some we know about, but most forget to tell us. Perhaps they think we’ll get all stroppy with them, we’re not sure.

The latest one we’ve heard about is going on right now in Dubai, organised by Dubai College. They’ve a bunch of pages about their competition starting here; looks like they’re using exactly our rules, only entering and judging via a YouTube channel.

Best of luck to all entrants — we hope the organisers will get in touch and tell us how it’s going.

For the avoidance of doubt, however: the Dubai College competition isn’t an official SciCast affiliate, and we’re not involved in their project. They’ve used part of our graphics on their YouTube page, but that’s nothing to do with us.


A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of attending another amazing awards ceremony for short science films: SciCast North Somerset 2011.

The North Somerset Council, through the North Somerset Independent State School Partnership, started running this local version of SciCast in secondary schools last year. This year it returned with 19 entries made by 93 students from 10 schools. Impressive!

The showcase event was held at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, North Somerset. We sat in the world oldest continually-running purpose-built cinema — opened way back in 1912 — eating popcorn and drinking coke whilst watching this year’s films on the big screen.

From eggs and cheddar cheese to parachuting hamsters, the two tightly-fought categories were: Best Picture and Best Scientific Explanation. Congratulations to everyone, and especially to the winners and commended teams.

Huge thanks to the organiser Mark Nelson and his lovely team. We hope we’ll be sharing all the fantastic films we saw here on SciCast, where they have the chance to be recognised nationally. If you haven’t submitted yours yet, please do!



New this year, an online film festival and competition for short environmental films.

If you’re between 14 and 21 years old, Bitesize Planet invites you to share your environmental passions by making short films about them. You might demonstrate your experiences of the natural world, show how you see people around you impacting nature, or indeed anything else that fits the competition’s rules.

By entering the competition, you have the opportunity to work with mentors — professional film-makers from a range of backgrounds — who can help you develop your ideas and technical skills. There are prizes to be won and opportunities to spend time on a professional video shoot.

Bitesize Planet’s submission deadline is 30th June 2011.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you making a film suitable for SciCast, and submitting it to BiteSize Planet too. Just mind the submission deadlines!


Dance Base image We’re not entirely sure what’s going on here, quite likely we plain missed an email from someone? However, it looks like there’s a SciCast-related dance event being held at Dance Base in Edinburgh on Sunday 20th February. As I write, that’s tomorrow.

Which is exciting. Also cool. We love it when things like this crop up, even if we’ve no idea what’s going on nor who’s doing it. We suspect the involvement of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, who did something vaguely similar last year, but we really don’t know.

If you want to know more — in fact, if you want to know precisely as much as we do — have a look at the Dance Base page for the session. And drop us a note if you go!

(Image: Dance Base)



We’re very excited to welcome a new regional science video competition to our ever-growing SciCast family! Hands on Science have started their Science Rap Video Competition for young people between ages 7-16 from the South East of Wales, and we were at their fantastic launch event.

Laura Roberts, the Hands on Science coordinator, had prepared a morning filled with inspiration and fun. Previous SciCast videos were played, and two amazing and talented artists — science rapper Jon Chase and science singer Jonny Berliner — performed live.

The competition, funded by the National HE STEM Programme with sponsorship from the Science Photo Library, challenges 7-16 year-olds from South East Wales to write a rap or song about Physics. Then: record a 2½ minute video of it. Entries can also be submitted to the national SciCast competition.

We’re delighted to welcome Laura and her team at Hands on Science to the SciCast family. And hey, we’re still singing the Geiger-Müller Groove.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

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