Anyone who is enthusiastic about science and research can take part and submit entries. Whether you are a student, a young researcher, a science communicator, a YouTuber, or someone interested in science – we have a category for everyone! Since production and research are often teamwork, we also welcome team submissions from up to six people.

You can find detailed information below and in the Conditions of participation

The submission period for Fast Forward Science 2021 started on the 15.11.2021, and ended on 08.02.2022.

How can I submit?

  • Type

    A post published on social media between the 27th of July 2020 and the 8th of February 2022 that is publicly accessible via a link.

  • Number of videos

    Each person or team can submit a maximum of three videos in the main competition, i.e. for the Young Scientist Award, the Scientist & Research Institution Award and the Tandem Award.

  • Content

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

  • Source information

    Fast Forward Science is all about science and research. It is part of good scientific practice to name sources. That’s why we would like you to mention your sources in the video that support your statements and/or lead to further information (e.g. in the video description).

  • Reference to competition

    In the first sentence of the description of your submission, mention that it is part of the Fast Forward Science 2021/22 competition and add the link In addition, add the relevant hashtags, depending on which award(s) you are submitting to: #youngscientistaward, #scientistaward, #tandemarward, #shortandcrisp, #audiospezial or #openboxspezial.

  • Length

    There is no length restriction. Just make sure your piece is entertaining!

  • Language

    German or English with German subtitles is accepted. Subtitles can be added, for example, on YouTube via “Transcript”. The only exception: for the International Award, entries can be submitted in any language, as long as English subtitles are included.

  • General

    The content must be free of adult content (violent or explicit scenes and language), third party rights, personality rights and copyright. Furthermore, it should be free of violent, sexist and discriminatory content and should not reinforce stereotypes. Therefore, pay attention to gender and diversity aspects in your videos. If you include topics concerning physical or mental health in your videos, remember to mention help websites or emergency numbers in the video description and to point this out in a trigger warning at the beginning of the video. The conditions of participation of the competition apply.

  • Advertising

    The content should not contain product placements. Exceptions can be found in the conditions of participation or in the FAQs.

  • Hint

    We particularly like contributions that are well-crafted, comprehensible and entertaining, that tell a story that surprises us, keeps us interested, make us think, and are authentic.

What happens when?

  • 15th OF NOVEMBER 2021

    You can submit your entry to one of the six competition categories between the 15th of November 2021 and the 8th of February 2022.

  • 8th OF FEBRUARY 2022

    You have until 23:59 on the 8th of February 2022 to submit your entry – then it’s time for our judges to get to work! If you’re submitting for Short & Crisp, you’re in luck: the deadline for our international award is the 20th of February 2022.


  • JUNE 2022

    In June 2022, we will announce the winners! This year, the award ceremony will take place (for the first time) at the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival in Halle.


In order to better connect with other participants and to make Fast Forward Science more visible on your chosen platform, we ask you to consider the following points when uploading your video:

Tip: This checklist can also be applied to videos that have already been uploaded!

  • At the beginning

    To publish your post on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and other media channels, you usually need your own channel. You can easily start your own channel with a Google account. How do I do that?

  • Entry description

    In the first sentence of the description of the entry, please state that you are taking part in the Fast Forward Science 2021/22 competition and add the following link:



  • Keywords

    Use the following keywords where possible (e.g. in the description or tags): Fast Forward Science, web video competition, science, science, knowledge, Wissenschaft im Dialog.

  • Hashtags & Links

  • Comments

    Please unlock the comments feature of your entry to allow for a dialogue with your audience.

  • License Recommendation

    If possible, publish the video under the Creative-Commons license CC-BY, so it can be freely used and redistributed.

How does the jury rate videos?

All entries will be judged according to five criteria: CONTENT, COMPREHENSIBILITY, LEVEL OF ENTERTAINMENT, STRUCTURE/TRACEABILITY, and ACTIVATION. Each entry will be judged by three jurors. For each criterion, 1 to 10 points can be awarded, with 1 being the worst and 10 the highest score to be achieved. In a jury meeting, the best rated entries will be discussed and the winners chosen.


    Here, for example, the depth and content of the topic discussed, the contextualisation of scientific findings and the accuracy of the information presented are considered.


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


    Here it is important that the audience’s attention is maintained and that entertaining elements such as storytelling, humour, suspense and emotionality are employed effectively. 




    Here the jury will assess how well thought-out the entry is, whether the storyline is coherent, and how comprehensible and memorable the points are.


    In this category, the jury considers whether the possibilities of the channel are exploited, whether the viewers/listeners are directly addressed and encouraged to engage, and how authentic and credible the person shown is.


  • Simply use our submission form.

  • Researchers, communicators, YouTubers, TikTokers, school or university students, people interested in science, video artists, scientific institutions, agencies specialising in science and research, freelancers, … in other words, anyone who communicates scientific content on the internet.

  • Yes, provided that the entries submitted are actually produced for use on the internet.

  • Yes, as long as your parents or guardian agree. When you submit your entry, they will automatically receive an email with a consent form attached, which they must sign and return to us by post.

  • Contributions by teams are explicitly welcome. Teams of up to six people are allowed. A team must decide on a contact person who submits the entry in their name.

  • Yes, a total of three entries may be submitted in the main competition. However, only one entry per participant can be among the finalists in each category. This means that if more than one entry from the same participant is a finalist/winner within a category, only the best entry will be judged and the others in that category will be eliminated from the competition. 

  • Your entry must have been first published on the Internet between the 27th of July 2020 and the 8th of February 2022. Older videos are not allowed. Entries already submitted in the 2020 competition may not be submitted again.

  • You can submit a total of three entries in the main competition, regardless of the category.

  • At Fast Forward Science we are looking for entries that clearly focus on (current) science and research. An explanatory video, an experience report, or an animation – there are no limits. 

  • Yes, but such entries will always be judged as a self-contained, single entry and must be uploaded to a social-media platform like all other entries participating in the competition.

  • Yes, it’s mandatory. Please indicate your participation in the Fast Forward Science competition in the first sentence of the description and add the link See the Checklist for more information.

  • There are six categories: In the main competition: the Young Scientist Award, and the Tandem award. These are each endowed with a total of €6,000; €3,000 for first place, €2,000 for second and €1,000 for third place. The international, Short & Crisp Award is equipped with €3,000, for the first place only. The special prizes are each endowed with a single prize of €1,000 each.

  • No, the choice of topic is entirely up to you! 

  • Fast Forward Science seeks to promote primarily German-language science web videos. However, since English is widely used as the language of science, entries in English with German subtitles are also possible. Subtitles can be added on YouTube, for example, via “Transcript”. Please also check the auto-generated subtitles for any mistakes. 

    The exception to this rule is the Short & Crisp Award. Entries in any language can be submitted to this award, as long as English language subtitles are included.

  • Paid or unpaid product placements by or for third parties within the submitted entries or in the entry description are not allowed.

    Excluded from this rule are your own products/inventions, advertisements automatically placed in front of the content by the platform, as well as entries that were created as part of a collaboration or on behalf of a third party and were not produced solely for the purpose of sale. In case of doubt the jury will decide. 

  • By specifically pointing out in your entry where research on your topic  is currently being done or by naming scientific sources. For example, in the YouTube, you could name your sources and add links to relevant research institutions in the description.

  • It’s not a must but Fast Forward Science is about science. Therefore, it is advisable to name your sources and sources that support your statements and/or lead to further information in the entry or in the entry description.

  • Go through all the images and recordings you have used one by one and search for the original sources. Identify the creator and get permission to use the footage.

  • In order to reach as many people as possible with your contribution, you should be careful when using language so as not to offend or exclude anyone. It is best to be inclusive and avoid stereotypes.

  • If you want to, for example, make a video about suicide, rare diseases, or other topics that focus on physical and mental health, it is important that people who are affected receive information and help beyond your entry. Therefore, include emergency numbers or websites of organisations that provide further information in your entry or in the entry description. If you include such topics in your entry, include a trigger warning at the beginning to help protect themself and prevent trauma from happening again.

  • Students, young researchers doing their doctorate, and postdocs in the first six years after receiving their doctorate. Your status in the year of the competition is the decisive factor, regardless of the date of the doctorate. This means that all participants who are currently still working on their doctorate or who submitted their doctorate in the period from 2016 to 2022 are eligible.


  • The finalists will consist of the six best videos in the award categories. The prizewinners will consist of the top three videos in each of the award categories.

  • The prize money will be distributed in its entirety exclusively to the contest participant who submitted the enrty. For teams, the prize will be transferred to the person whose name and contact details were provided in the submission.

  • No.

  • No. The evaluation is the sole responsibility of the jury.