How does it work?

Each participant has three minutes to pitch their research to a panel of four judges and an interested but non-specialist public audience.

The research should be original and one slide can be used to aid the presentation. Participants can be from either industry or academia, but should have completed an undergraduate degree.

Presentations are scored by the judges, each giving individual marks out of 10, which are then added up to give the participant’s total score. Points are awarded for the ability of the researcher to communicate their work to the non-specialist audience.

The two highest point scorers are awarded a cash-prize of 1st £250 and 2nd £100 respectively. If the scores are tied at the end of the competition, the audience votes for the winner and second place. Everybody taking part receives a certificate from the IOP.