Science POP Competition

(see also French version)

2022-2023

A Quebec-wide initiative in scientific communication

Science POP is a Quebec-wide scientific communication brought forward by the IRCM and supported by the FRQS with the mission of promoting the dialogue between science and society.

The Science POP initiative is part of the overall vision of research institutions and funding agencies to put science to the benefit of society. In this spirit, this competition aims to awaken scientific curiosity in the general population of Quebec and to encourage the training of the next generation of scientists, beyond the laboratory experience: to pass on knowledge; to promote research; to be an actor of change. 
 

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Les défis
Science POP

Le concours Science POP propose trois défis distincts, décrits brièvement ci-dessous.

Pour plus de détails : Téléchargez les Informations relatives aux défis

Internal competitions

Following the official launch in September 2022, Science POP will develop across the province of Quebec in the form of internal competitions, held between April 1 and 30, 2023 by institutions devoted to Health Sciences research and to training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Finalists will then proceed to the next step: a Grand Final, provincial-level contest organized by the IRCM. For its 2022-2023 edition, Science POP is aiming for fifteen (15) participating institutions, from all regions of Quebec!

The Grand Final

The Science POP Grand Final will be held in late May 2023, in the Greater Montreal area. Details of the event (date, place, etc.) will be announced in November 2022. Finalists will have to attend the competition in person before a diverse audience. The presentations will, however, be broadcast live and online to facilitate remote access to the event. Award winners of the Science POP competition will be honoured during the closing ceremony of the provincial final. A public announcement of the overall winners will be published during the following week by the Governance Committee.

How to
participate?

Register a participing institution
Institutions that can register to organize an internal competition are: 

  • Any research center or institute associated with a Quebec-based university and whose main mission is to train the next generation of students in health sciences;  
  • Any Quebec university offering graduate programs and postdoctoral fellowships in health sciences research. 

It is not possible to hold more than one competition in the same institution (departments, programs, campuses, etc.). For the 2022-2023 edition, the Science POP competition will welcome fifteen (15) participating institutions, from all regions of Quebec. Participating institutions will be supported throughout the organization and execution of their event, benefiting from many resources.

From October 3, 2022 at 12 p.m. (until October 31, 2022 at 12 p.m.), institutions wishing to participate will be able to submit their application by completing a form available on this page. Stay tuned for upcoming information!

For more details:

Téléchargez le guide  Contrat de l'institution participante Demande de dérogation de date

 

Sign up for a challenge
Individuals eligible to take up a Science POP challenge are: 

  • Students registered full-time in a master's or a doctoral program at a university based in the Quebec Province, and carrying out research activities related to health sciences; 
  • Researchers conducting a postdoctoral fellowship in health sciences at a university, a research center or an institute based in the Quebec Province;
  • Graduate students from another Canadian province or from abroad, doing a research internship at a university, center, or research institute based in the Quebec Province. 

How to prepare
Virtual training workshops, given by specialists in communication, science outreach or journalism, will be provided free of charge to candidates who wish to be advised for their Science POP presentation. These workshops, offered in French and English, will be held in March 2023. The dates and registration procedures will be announced shortly. Download the information about the challenges
 

Téléchargez les informations relatives aux défis Formulaire d'engagement pour candidate ou candidat

At the end of the Science POP Grand Final contest, the judges will submit their evaluation grids to the Governance Committee, which will determine the 1st and 2nd place finalists for each challenge. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to express their appreciation of each with an online rating (1 to 5 stars).

For each challenge, a special mention will be given to the candidate who represents the "People’s choice". The three finalists in each challenge will receive an honorary plaque and a cash prize valued at: 

•    1st place: $1000 - Chief Scientist Award 
•    2nd place: $500  
•    Special Mention: $250 — People's Choice Award 

One of the objectives of the Science POP contest is to contribute to the training of the next generation of scientists. The 1st finalists of each challenge will be given the opportunity to live an immersive experience in the field of scientific communication. To this end, in addition to the Chief Scientist Award, the winners will be offered the chance to complete a one-week internship in a relevant professional environment of their choice, from a predetermined list of options. Details about the internship opportunities will be given in November 2022.
 

Les grandes dates 
à retenir

Que ce soit à titre d’institution ou de personne participant aux défis, restez à l’affut des grandes étapes de la compétition, et ce, jusqu’à la grande finale en 2023.

3 au 31 octobre 2022
Période pour soumettre une demande comme institution participante. Les demandes seront acceptées entre 12 h le 3 octobre et 12 h le 31 octobre 2022.
1er au 30 avril 2023
Tenue des compétitions internes des institutions participantes.
1er mai 2023
Date limite pour que les institutions inscrivent les lauréats de leur concours interne à la grande finale.
Fin mai 2023
Tenue de la grande finale organisée par l’IRCM et annonce des finalistes de l’édition 2023 de Science POP.

Se joindre à l’initiative 
Science POP, c’est… 

Pour les étudiants et étudiantes 
en sciences de la santé : 

… développer des compétences en communication scientifique


… faire preuve d’engagement auprès de la communauté



Pour le grand public :

… acquérir des connaissances sur la recherche en santé


… apprécier les bénéfices et les retombées de la recherche scientifique



Pour la société québécoise :

… contrer la désinformation


… contribuer au développement d’une culture scientifique solide


 

« Grâce à une des présentations, j’ai pu
reconnaître la manifestation du syndrome du
mouvement miroir chez mon fils. J’ai rapidement
communiqué avec le chercheur qui supervise ce
projet de recherche et mon garçon participera
prochainement à une étude clinique. »

Valérie Lavastre
Membre de l’auditoire, Édition 2021

La promesse
de l’IRCM

Avec Science POP, l’IRCM propose un évènement de vulgarisation scientifique visant à rassembler autour de la science les principaux acteurs québécois de la recherche biomédicale, leur relève et le grand public, et ce, dans un esprit de saine émulation, d’échanges et d’apprentissage. En concordance avec la longue tradition de collaboration entre l’IRCM et les autres institutions de recherche du Québec, le rayonnement de ce concours se veut provincial, et ses retombées, collectives.  Ainsi, Science POP est avant tout une occasion unique de faire créer un pont salutaire entre le milieu scientifique et la population, en faisant rayonner les excellents travaux menés dans toutes les institutions de recherche de la province et en les rendant accessibles à tous et à toutes. 
L’IRCM comprend que cet exercice prend son sens uniquement dans le respect des principes fondamentaux qui régissent la pensée scientifique et en font la force : l’observation, la rigueur et la collégialité.  En conséquence, l’IRCM s’engage à prendre tous les moyens nécessaires et communément admis pour mener Science POP dans le respect, la transparence, l’équité et l’impartialité.
Bonne compétition à tous!    

 


Comité de
gouvernance

Sara Marullo, 
Coordonnatrice de projet – Vulgarisation scientifique, IRCM
Christine Matte, 
Coordonnatrice – Affaires académiques, IRCM
Sébastien Sabbagh, 
Directeur – Affaires académiques, IRCM
Jennifer Estall, 
Vice-présidente associée – Vie scientifique, IRCM
Michel Cayouette, 
Vice-président – Recherche et affaires académiques, IRCM
Valérie Morquette, 
Conseillère principale – Communications et relations publiques, IRCM
Florence Meney, 
Directrice – Communications et affaires publiques, IRCM
Maria Galipeau, 
Représentante – Association des étudiants et étudiantes, IRCM
Michaël Bernier, 
Responsable de programmes, FRQS
Manon Pelletier, 
Directrice au développement de projets et de partenariats, FRQ

 


Contact us


Sara Marullo
(514) 987-5783
sara.marullo@ircm.qc.ca

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