The Competition

A passion for research, for innovative multimedia formats and for communication – the Fast Forward Science competition celebrates not only people who are passionate about science, but also those who can inspire that passion in others. Whether you are a student, postdoc, vlogger, or communicator, we call on you to produce social media contributions on scientific topics and submit them to us.


Online formats, and with them science communication on the Web, are constantly changing, and have become increasingly diverse in recent years. We want to acknowledge this and have adapted this year’s conditions for participation accordingly. Submissions can now be published not only on YouTube, but also on other social media channels such as Instagram, TikTok, or Twitch. In addition, there are new categories in which other creative online-formats and audio contributions can be submitted. Non-German-language science videos can apply for the newly created international award.


Awards will be given to contributions that show current research, are presented in a comprehensible and target-group-oriented way, and evoke the so-called “aha” effect. A particular challenge is that the contributions should be entertaining beyond the hard facts and ideally manage to engage in a dialogue with the viewers. Sounds exciting? Then sit yourself in front of or behind your camera and get started! We look forward to your contributions, exciting research, and creative formats!


The deadline for submissions is the 8th of February 2022 and the awards ceremony will take place in June 2022 at the SILBERSALZ Festival in Halle.


The Fast Forward Science online competition, which is equipped with a total of €23,000, is a joint project of Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Stifterverband and has taken place annually since 2013. The partner for the Young Scientist Award is the Deutscher Zukunftspreis. The Short & Crisp Award is an award in partnership between the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival and Fast Forward Science.