23rd International Congress on Acoustics, Sept. 09-13, 2019
integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019

5-minute Research Story Competition

A researcher's ability to create a succinct yet compelling narrative about their work is an invaluable skill. This event is meant to help ICA attendees communicate the most important parts of their research in a short amount of time. Participants are allotted 5 minutes and one slide to present a compelling pitch or story to describe their research to a general audience. This is not an exercise in trivializing research but requires participants to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries or applications.

All attendees are welcome to participate - students, researchers, lecturers, industry workers, applied scientists, etc.

Even if you’re not entering, come along and hear about the latest acoustics research in short bite-sized chunks, and support the communicators who are going to be out there promoting acoustics to the public in the future!

To participate, contact Keeta Jones (and/or) Trevor Cox


  • You have only 5 minutes for your talk.
  • Only 1 single static slide is permitted.
  • Props are limited to what you can carry on stage (and there is no time for set-up). 
  • Your talk is a solo performance.

Judging criteria:

  • Content: The content of the presentations MUST be scientifically accurate. If the topic chosen has controversy or uncertainty around it, then the presentation must acknowledge the opposing views. The scientific topic presented should be well chosen to suit the audience.

  • Clarity: Clarity is critical for effective science communication. The structure of the talk is important; as well as making sure the audience and judges can follow the talk and are left with an understanding of the scientific concept chosen. The talk should be aimed at an adult, lay audience.

  • Charisma: The audience and judges should be left inspired and enthused about science. The presenter must have that hard-to-describe but unmistakable quality of charisma. The winner will be the one who makes the science easy to listen to, entertaining and exciting. Who is not only able to communicate the science but who can share their passion for it.

To present your research, please contact Keeta Jones (and/or) Trevor Cox

Cash Prizes:
1st place €200
2nd place €150
3rd place €100