What is Researcher Grand Prix?
Researcher Grand Prix is the Grand Prix of research dissemination and the PhD candidates who participate have four minutes to present their research projects and engage the audience. This is a great arena to present own research and to make research available to the public. The participants must be PhD candidates.
After the preliminary rounds with 4-minute presentations, three candidates will continue to a semi-final where the candidates must elaborate on their projects in a second 4-minute presentation. A winner is appointed, and the top two candidates will continue to the national finale.
Therefore, all candidates must prepare two presentations, the first 4-minute presentation followed by a second 4-minute presentation.
The researchers shall through their presentations give a short account of their projects structured around an introduction, peak and conclusion and it must be understandable for someone who originally does not know anything about the topic. And last, but not least, the researchers must be able to keep their nerves at bay with several hundred people in the audience.
The audience will get a different and funny experience, and a close encounter with the researchers. They will become more conscious of how difficult it may be to express yourself short and simple on a subject you have worked on during a long period of time, and how engaging it can be when you succeed!
Researcher grand prix was arranged for the first time in Norway in 2010 and in Oslo for the first time in 2011.
It was the nationwide research festival, Norwegian Science Week, under the auspices of Research Council of Norway that adopted the concept to Norway. The original idea behind the concept belongs to Bent Nørgaard and the Centre for Art and Science at the University of Southern Denmark.