What you can’t explain in 3 minutes

Over the past two years, scientists have proved that you can do a lot in 3 minutes. Dozens of ocean scientists submitting to Ocean 180 have successfully explained the results, meaning, and significance of a recent publication in their entries, fitting it all into a beautiful and concise 180-second long video abstract. The time limit is, without a doubt, a…

What can SciComm do for you?

Wrapping up my first year of graduate school, I was finally getting to the part of my research I was most looking forward to. At last, I was going to get to step away from the computer and get out into the field. I was researching marine debris in south Florida, and we were seeing…

New to video? No problem.

Creating an Ocean 180 video abstract might sound like a great idea, but filming and editing may not be skills you have had the chance to develop in your career. Looking at the finalists from last year might leave you feeling equal parts impressed, inspired, and intimidated. But it may be easier than you think, even for the novice…

What Makes a Winning Video Abstract?

Fitting your research into 3 minutes is not an easy job. In fact, most scientists who created video abstracts last year remarked it was the most difficult part of the challenge. There are a multitude of stories from your research, great moments and experiences that led to your results. Unfortunately, 180 seconds isn’t always enough…

Making Science Relevant

If classroom teaching taught me anything, it was the importance of hooking your audience. Teaching science to a crowd of (very judgmental) 11 year olds is an exhausting endeavor. Their attention is directly correlated to how exciting you make the subject to them. You’re competing with a million different distractions in the classroom, so you…