Three-minute challenge goes out to physicists

24 September 2013

A challenge to explain their research to the public in three minutes or less has been issued to early-career physicists by the IOP.

The 3 Minute Wonder competition is open to members and non-members of the Institute and regional heats are being held throughout England this autumn.

Early-career researchers in physics or a related field can take part, and the competition is open to people in both industry and academia, though they must be within 12 years of finishing their undergraduate degree. Contestants will speak before a live audience and be judged by a panel who will score their presentations with marks out of 10 immediately afterwards.

The emphasis will be on science communication and the judges will be looking for people who can bring their research to life for a non-specialist audience. For details, visit

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