What is Researcher Grand Prix?

The idea behind Researcher grand prix (Forsker grand prix) was developed by Bent Nørgaard and Centre for Art and Science at the University of Southern Denmark. The Norwegian Science Week (Forskningsdagene) adopted the concept to Norway.

The concept

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, four candidates will continue to a semi-final where the candidates must elaborate on their projects in a 6-minute presentation. A winner is appointed, but the top two candidates will continue to the national finale.
Therefore, all candidates must prepare two presentations, one 4-minute presentation and one 6-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. Last year’s winner of the Oslo finale was Marianne Reuch and the winner of the national finale was Audun Hetland.

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.

This year there are six local event organisers nationwide: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø and Grimstad. Norwegian Science Week will arrange the national finale in Trondheim 26 September.

Panel of judges

When each candidate has presented his/her research project, the panel of judges will state their opinions. The participants will get direct, but constructive feedback from a panel of judges representing the fields of academia, performing arts and media. After they have stated their opinions, the judges will award the participants with points from 1 to 6.

The winner

A winner will be appointed in the finale. The winner will be rewarded and thus, the department where he or she is employed will also be acknowledged. However, perhaps the most important thing is that all participants will receive inspiring coaching in presentation techniques and storytelling, something they can benefit from later on in their careers.

When?

The University Alliance OSLO (Universitetsalliansen OSLO) will arrange the Oslo finale of the Researcher grand prix 29 September, during the Norwegian Science Week. The top two candidates will continue to the national finale 02 October.

Coaching

To give all participants the best possible preparation, they will all receive coaching. There will be a workshop for all participants consisting of both a professional and a social program. Afterwards each participant will receive individual coaching to become a better communicator.

The selection committee is looking for participants from different institutions and academic disciplines. Motivation and the ability to attend the workshop/preparations and the national finale will be emphasised.