The competition

Categories & Awards

You can submit your video in one of the three categories SUBSTANZ, SCITAINMENT and VISION: Within these categories you are free to choose any topic as long as it is related to current research and science. There are also three special prizes: the Super Fast – 24h Instagram Challenge, for video makers who produce a web video as an Instagram story, the Community Award and the Young Scientist Award.

Web videos can be submitted from 4 May to 26 July 2020. Separate entry deadlines and production conditions apply for the Super Fast – 24h Instagram Challenge.

What can I win?

In addition to the prize money you can win, we will invite a member of each winning team to the awards ceremony on 13 November at the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven.

SUBSTANZ

  • 1
    SUBSTANZ
    1. Platz:
    €3.000
  • 2
    SUBSTANZ
    2. Platz:
    €2.000
  • 3
    SUBSTANZ
    3. Platz:
    €1.000

You can explain complex science in a comprehensible way? Thorough research and advanced knowledge are important to you? Do you want to draw your audience’s attention to a controversial topic or do you want to show a subject from different perspectives? Then the category SUBSTANZ is the right one for you!

The name of the category refers to substance. This category is about exciting content, complex science and interesting research. Thorough research and an objective presentation of the facts are important. Even if the focus is on the scientific content, the video can, of course, have a little pep – after all, you want to inspire your viewers with science.

SCITAINMENT

  • 1
    SCITAINMENT
    1. Platz:
    €3.000
  • 2
    SCITAINMENT
    2. Platz:
    €2.000
  • 3
    SCITAINMENT
    3. Platz:
    €1.000

You don’t like dull theories and boring formulas? Are you convinced that science can be fun? And you know that with a little humour it is easier to research, teach and learn? Then show us that in your funny web video!

This category is for anything fun – whether it’s pop songs about molecular biology, comedies on current sociological issues or a vlog that shows just how chaotic everyday life in research can be. Be creative and surprise us with your fun-filled engagement with science and research. Even if the focus is on entertainment, the scientific content in your video should, of course, be thoroughly researched and well founded.

VISION

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    VISION
    1. Platz:
    €3.000
  • 2
    VISION
    2. Platz:
    €2.000
  • 3
    VISION
    3. Platz:
    €1.000

You do not complain about difficulties, but accept them as challenges and make up your own mind how to solve them. No matter if it is still a vision of the future or already being implemented, show in your video which challenges you are concerned with and how you would solve them. Convince us of your idea and show the current state of research.

The jury attaches particular importance to a convincing presentation of your idea or vision of the future. 

The VISION category is aimed specifically at young people – whether they are young adults, university students, YouTubers or young scientists. 

The partner in the VISION category is the Deutsche Zukunftspreis. The Deutsche Zukunftspreis is the German Federal President’s Prize for Technology and Innovation and honours outstanding research achievements in technical, engineering and scientific fields that have the potential to lead to application-ready products and create jobs.

 

Young Scientist Award

  • Young Scientist Award
    1.000€

In the competition 2020, the Young Scientist Award, a special prize for young researchers, will be introduced. With this award, the Deutscher Zukunftspreis honors the best video submitted by scientists who are still at the beginning of their scientific career. Doctoral students and postdocs in the first six years after their doctorate automatically participate with their video. Just select the “Young Researcher” field in the submission form.

Partner of the Young Scientist Award is the Deutscher Zukunftspreis.

Super Fast – 24h-Instagram-Challenge

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    Super Fast – 24h-Instagram-Challenge
    1. Platz:
    1.000€
  • 2
    Super Fast – 24h-Instagram-Challenge
    2. Platz:
    Special prize for freelancers: 500€

The Super Fast – 24h-Instagram-Challenge starts on 15 May at noon. Now it’s time to be fast: Here’s the topic and conditions of production.

For the very fast ones the Super Fast – 24h-Instagram-Challenge is just right. You only have 24 hours to produce a science Instagram story on a topic we announce at the start of the challenge. But don’t worry – the topic is so general that all scientific disciplines can contribute something.

Additionally, the best story produced by freelancers and small agencies will be rewarded with a special prize. This is intended to support freelance communicators, journalists and creative people who make an essential contribution to science communication with their work. The special prize for freelancers is made possible by the Schering Foundation.     

Super Fast begins with the announcement of the topic at 12 noon on 15 May, submission deadline is 12 noon on 16 May. Mark this date in your calendar. The only conditions are that you tag your Instagram story with @fastforwardscience and save it as a video so we can upload it to YouTube.

To avoid using pre-produced videos and images, we will specify some production conditions for the start of Super Fast that must appear in the submitted videos. Otherwise, there are no limits to your creativity – whether Boomerang, Superzoom or pure picture story. How you prepare the topic is up to you. Use the available elements to give your theme a typical Instagram story character. 

One condition: the stories must be downloaded as a video and submitted to Fast Forward Science. We will then upload the video to our YouTube channel. 

Community Award

  • Community Award
    1.000€

Not all decisions can be made by a jury. For the Community Award, the finalists compete against each other in an online voting on our website. 

The web video that receives the best rating on our website over a period of about four weeks wins the Community Award. Each voter will vote for his or her three favourite videos. Finalists are the up to six best videos in each category and will be announced on 28 September. With the announcement, the online voting will start and will be your turn to #VoteNow. 

This year the online voting will take place for the first time on the homepage of Fast Forward Science. All finalist videos will be shown in the online voting section. Between 28 September and 25 October 2020, everyone can choose their top three favourites directly from the finalist videos. 

In addition, we will present a randomly selected finalist on our blog every day during the online voting.

If your video is among the finalists, you can activate your community to go to our homepage and vote for your video.