In the main competition, we are looking for video and audio content. Participation in the YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD is open to students, doctoral candidates and postdocs up to 6 years after their doctorate. The special prizes for the Best Debut and the Audio Award are open to all science enthusiasts regardless of their scientific or professional background. To be eligible for one of the special prizes for the best debut, the submitting channel’s first contribution must not be older than one year at the competition’s submission deadline.

As production and research are often teamwork, we also welcome team submissions of up to six people.

All information can be found in detail in the call for entries and the conditions of participation.

The submission period for Fast Forward Science 2024 begins on January 16, 2024 and ends on March 12, 2024. Submit now!

How can I submit?

  • Type

    A contribution that was published between February 8, 2023 and March 12, 2024 and is publicly accessible via a link. The entry does not have to have been produced explicitly for Fast Forward Science.

    For the YOUNG SCIENIST AWARD and the special prize for the best debut in the video category, we are looking for moving image contributions, e.g. YouTube videos, Insta Stories, TikToks or Twitch streams. The entries must have been published on a social media platform.

    The AUDIO AWARD  and the special prize for the Best Debut in the audio category recognize scientific audio contributions of all kinds. The restriction to social media has been lifted here; it is important that there are opportunities for the listeners to interact, such as liking or commenting.

  • Mention of the competition

    In order to be able to clearly assign your entry, you must indicate that you are submitting this entry to our competition. There are two ways to do this:

    1. In the first sentence of the entry description, reference must be made to your participation in the Fast Forward Science 2024 competition and the link must be included. In addition, there is a hashtag for each award for which entries are submitted, which should also appear in the entry: #youngscientistaward, #audioaward, #bestdebutaudio or #bestdebutvideo
    2. If the description of your entry can no longer be edited afterwards, as is the case with publications on X, for example, you can either comment and pin the description under your own entry or repost it with the description.
  • Fundamentals

    The content must be adult-friendly and free from third-party rights, must not infringe any personal rights and must not violate copyright law. It should also be free of violent, sexist and discriminatory content and not reinforce stereotypes. Gender and diversity aspects should be taken into account in the contributions. If the entries address topics relating to physical or mental health, the description of the entry should include help websites or emergency numbers and a trigger warning at the beginning of the entry. The terms and conditions of the competition apply.

  • Number

    Each person or team may submit a maximum of three entries.

  • Content

    A topic that is currently being researched. The focus should clearly be on current research and science.

  • Sources

    Fast Forward Science is all about science and research. It is good scientific practice to cite sources. Therefore, please cite sources in your article that support your statements and/or lead to further information (e.g. in the article description).

  • Length

    The YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD for scientific video contributions is divided into the SHORT category and the LONG category. In the SHORT category, contributions up to 5 minutes are permitted, in the LONG category from 5 minutes. There is no length limit in the LONG category or for the AUDIO AWARD and the special prizes for the best debut.

  • Language

    German or English with German subtitles.

  • Cooperations

    The submitted entry must not have been created in cooperation with media houses or companies and / or streaming services

  • Product Placement

    Paid or unpaid product placements by or for third parties within the submitted articles or in the article description are not permitted at Fast Forward Science. Exceptions can be found in the conditions of participation.

What happens when?

  • 16th JANUARY 2024

    You can submit up to three entries between January 16 and March 12, 2024.

  • 12th MARCH 2024

    You can submit your entries until March 12, 2024, 11:59 pm – after that our jury will get to work!


  • MAY 2024

    Our jury meeting takes place in May. The winners of this year’s competition round will be determined there.

  • JUNE 2024

    In June, we will invite you to our award ceremony and announce the winners, but not yet in order.

  • SUMMER 2024

    In summer 2024, we will announce the winners at our awards ceremony.


To help you network better with other competition participants and give Fast Forward Science more visibility on your chosen social media channel, we ask you to consider the following points when uploading your entry:

Tip: This checklist can also be applied to an already uploaded entry!

  • Description ie bewertet die ury

    In the first sentence of the post description, mention your participation in the Fast Forward Science 2024 competition and add the link
    If this is not possible, comment on the text below your entry and attach the comment or repost the entry with the necessary information.

  • Keywords

    Where possible, use the following keywords or hashtags: Fast Forward Science, competition, science, science, knowledge, Wisskomm, Wissenschaft im Dialog.

  • Hashtags & Links

  • Comments

    Enable the comment function on your post so that a dialog with your audience is possible.

  • License Recommendation

    If possible, publish the article under the Creative Commons license CC-BY so that it can be freely used and redistributed. You can read why this is important here.

How does the jury rate?


    Here, for example, the depth and content of the topic, the relativization and contextualization of scientific findings and the correctness of the presentation are important.


    In this category, the use of language appropriate to the target group, the clear illustration of technical terms (e.g. through techniques such as analogies and visual graphics) and an effective learning effect are important.


    Here we assess how well thought-out the composition is, whether the dramaturgy is coherent and how comprehensible and memorable the arguments are.




    Only applies to the AUDIO AWARD and BESTES DEBUT AUDIO. Here you can score points with an appealing cover, accessible website embedding, show notes and the involvement of your listeners.


    In this category, the jury asks itself whether the possibilities of the channel are utilized, whether the viewers/listeners are addressed directly and encouraged to exchange ideas, and how authentic and credible the person shown is.

Admission restriction

To submit for the YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD, you must be a student, doctoral candidate or post-doc up to 6 years after your doctorate. There are no restrictions regarding academic or professional background for participation in the AUDIO AWARD or the special prizes for the BEST DEBUT. The only decisive factor for the special prizes is that the first post of your account is no older than 1 year at the closing date for submissions.