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Longitude Prize 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

“Antib​iotics was voted by YOU to be the challenge of Longitude Prize 2014.”

“In order to tackle growing levels of antimicrobial resistance, the challenge set for the Longitude Prize is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time.”

“What happens next?

Now that the antibiotics challenge has been chosen, we want everyone, from amateur scientists to the professional scientific community, to try and solve it.”

“Nesta and the Longitude Committee are finalising the criteria for how to win the £10 million prize, and from the autumn you will be able to submit your entries.”

“Do you have an idea to solve the antibiotics challenge? Register your interest and we’ll alert you when submissions open in autumn 2014.”

To find out more go to the Longitude Prize website:

[Source Longitude Prize as above]

Get on board the Freedom Express

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

“Here’s your chance to participate in an epic two-week journey in search of traces of events that were instrumental in changing the face of Europe. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe, a study trip ‘Freedom Express’ will take 20 exceptionally creative individuals aged 18-28 through Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic.”

“During the trip, the participants will log sketches of their observations, photos, films and audio footage as well as essays that will form the content of a blog, which will cover the successive stages of the trip as it happens. All of this will also contribute to a documentary, showing a creative interdisciplinary dialogue between the young artists and places of memory.”

“Applications are open for the contest until 30 June 2014. For the application form, terms and conditions of recruitment and programme details, please see The trip will take place from 29 August-14 September 2014, and will include workshops, lectures, film screenings, meetings with witnesses of the historical events, visits to memorial sites and institutions documenting that era of European history.”

[Source Europeana: ]

Longitude Prize 2014 goes live

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta writes:

“This week Longitude Prize 2014 has gone live, with a great launch by the BBC and media coverage all over the world.”

“The prize is unique in several ways. There can’t be many examples of a 300 year old prize or committee being revived, and yet feeling entirely contemporary. There are remarkably few examples of the public being asked to have their say on scientific priorities. And there are still relatively few chunks of research funding opened up to anyone, anywhere to apply based on merit.”

“For us Longitude is a natural progression of our work on prizes over the last few years, including the creation of the Centre for Challenge Prizes, various events and publications – including Challenge Prizes: A practice guide. Prizes can’t solve everything – but they should definitely be one of the tools used by public funders (something like 5% of the total might be appropriate – at the moment it’s below 0.1%).”

To find out more about the Longitude Prize go to:

To read more of the blog go to:

[Source Nesta blog as above]

Competition for budding science writers

Monday, November 25th, 2013

“The 2014 Access to Understanding science writing competition is open for entries. Run by Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and the British Library, the competition encourages scientists to make current research exciting and engaging for all.”

Access to Understanding is open to all early-career bioscience researchers (including PhD students) and the shortlisted entries will be invited to an awards ceremony at the British Library, with the winner receiving an iPad alongside their article being printed in the journal eLife.”

“Researchers will be asked to choose from one of selection of journal articles and write an engaging article which could be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their scientific knowledge.”

The closing date for entries is 10 December 2013. To find out more or to enter, visit:

[Source Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) news: ]

EPSRC launches Science Photo Competition

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

“The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has launched its first Science Photo competition which will run until 16 December 2013.”

“The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and doctoral students, giving them the opportunity to share their research through pictures and the chance to win prizes.”

“Share your photos to support excellence and promote outstanding UK engineering and physical sciences research.”

For further information go to:

[Source EPSRC news: ]

Manchester Writing Competition

Monday, June 10th, 2013
  • The 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize: £10,000
  • The 2013 Manchester Fiction Prize: £10,000

Deadline for Entries: Friday 30th August 2013

“Under the direction of Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the 2013 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes – major international literary competitions, celebrating excellence in creative writing, and open to anyone aged 16 or over (with no upper age limit).”

“The Manchester Writing Competition began in 2008, funded in the first instance by the University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £50,000 to its winners.”

“Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, from 2013, both will be running every year, with £10,000 awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000 to the writer of the best short story.”

For further information about the prizes and how to enter go to:

[Source: Manchester Writing Competition website as above]

Access to Understanding competition winner is announced as Europe PubMed Central and the British Library celebrate accessible, engaging science writing

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The winner of the Access to Understanding competition, a celebration of science-writing hosted in partnership by British Library and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), has just been announced.

“Entrants to the competition were challenged to summarise a cutting-edge research article, communicating in a simple and accessible way what the research is, and why it matters, for a non-specialist audience.”

“The overall winner, Emma Pewsey, a PhD student in material sciences at the University of Cambridge, was selected from among 400 entries from around the world for her entry explaining research that investigated the causes of hip fracture in the elderly.”

“A further eight entries were commended by the judging panel, spanning basic through to clinical science, and including complex papers on stem cells, cancer and genetics. The original articles are all available from Europe PMC, a free online life sciences and biomedical information resource.”

“The Access to Understanding competition aims to raise awareness amongst researchers of the increasing importance to the general public of being able to understand the outcomes of research which they pay for. Furthermore, it seeks to break down the barriers that highly technical research language presents to enabling understanding of research, and to encourage PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers to develop their communications skills.”

To read the winning entries go to:

[Source British Library press release: ]

‘Digging into Data’ Challenge – Round Three

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

“On 5 February, ten international research funders jointly announced their participation in round three of the Digging into Data Challenge, a grant competition designed to spur computationally intensive research in the humanities and social sciences.”

“During the first two rounds of the Challenge, held in 2009 and 2011, nearly 150 teams, representing universities from across Canada, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK, competed to demonstrate how innovative, computationally intensive research methods could be used to address questions in the humanities and social sciences. Twenty-two of those teams were awarded grants during those earlier rounds, each of them demonstrating new methods for analysing vast digital resources used for humanities and social science research, like digital books, survey data, economic data, newspapers, music, and other scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage resources that are now being digitized on a huge scale.”

“Due to the overwhelming popularity of the earlier rounds, the Digging into Data Challenge is pleased to announce that two additional funders have joined for round three, enabling this competition to have a world-wide reach into many different scholarly and scientific domains.”  “Jisc (United Kingdom) will be taking a supportive role by facilitating the progression of the project.”

“The closing date for applications is 15 May 2013. Further information about the competition and the application process (including all relevant documentation) can be found on the Digging for Data website:

[Source Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) website: ]

Videogaming meets cartography: Students are challenged to go Off the Map in a new competition

Monday, February 4th, 2013

“Maps are to be the inspiration for a competition… which challenges students to develop an original videogame concept using the British Library’s world-famous cartographic collections. The Off the Map competition, which is run in partnership with the annual videogame festival GameCity and software company Crytek, will include maps showing a proposed plan to rebuild Stonehenge, and an important engraving of London made months after the Great Fire of 1666. The winning entrants will be announced and showcased at the GameCity8 festival in October this year.”

“Students from participating universities and colleges will be granted complete creative freedom to adapt the maps, using CryENGINE 3D technology to stretch, build or totally re-design the materials as they wish. It is hoped that as well as creating a traditional playable game level, entrants will use the opportunity to try new approaches and to create interactive environments that push at the boundaries of the definition of what a videogame, and a map, can be.”

To find out more about the Off the Map competition go to:

[Source British Library press release: ]

Read all about it… New competition to encourage scientists to decode science research for all

Monday, December 17th, 2012

“A new science writing competition has been announced… by the recently launched Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) and the British Library to encourage scientists to make current research exciting and engaging for all.”

“The competition ‘Access to Understanding’ is open to all bioscience researchers and the shortlisted entries will be invited to an awards ceremony at the British Library, with the winner receiving an iPad alongside their article being printed in eLife.”

“Researchers will be asked to choose from one of selection of journal articles and write an engaging article which could be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their scientific knowledge.”

The closing date for entries is: 11 January 2013.

To find out more or to enter, visit:

[Source Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) news:  ]

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