What is the ASCB Elevator Speech Contest?

You need to be able to explain your research to everyone–to the public, to your grandmother, to politicians–and do it with flair.

ASCB’s annual Elevator Speech Contest is a video competition where you take a video of yourself explaining your science in 90 seconds. It’s a great way to practice your science communication skills and get recognized in the process. Looking for examples? See Elevator Speeches from previous finalists. We encourage applicants to inject their personality into the videos and use easy-to-understand language (avoid jargon), so the video is accessible to a broad audience. Have fun telling people what you do, why it’s important, and why you love it.

Three finalists will be given recognition and prizes at the annual meeting and will be referenced later on the ASCB website and winning videos will be placed on the ASCB YouTube channel.

If you are interested in participating, consider attending Advocacy Toolbox I on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 11:00 am in Room 25B for tips from science policy advocates on making a scientific pitch to explain your research. In addition, on Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:00 pm in Room 24C volunteers will  be on hand to offer technical support and interactive coaching to help you make your video.

When are winners announced?

The winners will be announced yearly at the Celldance Video Premiere and Elevator Speech Awards program on the Tuesday of the ASCB|EMBO Meeting. While at the meeting it’s highly recommended that you attend the Advocacy Toolbox session, where you will learn great tips for effective science communication and give yourself an edge over the competition.

How to submit

To enter the 90-Second Elevator Speech Contest record a selfie video of your speech and and then fill out the form below, with your information and a direct upload of your video. You can upload your video before or during the meeting, until Monday, Dec. 10 at 11:00 pm PST.

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2017 Elevator Speech Winners

Winner: Tyler Allen

Runner-up: Kate Bredbenner

2017 Honorable Mentions

Sarah Pollock
Torey Arnold

Dustin Ammendolia

To see a listing of previous Elevator Speech videos visit our YouTube Channel

The views and opinions expressed in these videos are the views of the individuals and do not represent the official policy or position of ASCB.