Recognising exemplary contributions to chemistry outreach.
Engaging the next generation: An IYCN outreach competition is a competition that seeks to recognise exemplary contributions to chemistry outreach. Applicants are invited to submit chemistry experiments that can be used for outreach and public engagement under a specific theme.
The 2020 theme is Earth Chemistry, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The competition is opened since January 28, 2020 in recognition of the oil spill that occurred in 1969, which helped inspire the creation of Earth Day.
Publication in the IYCN experiment database
Experiments will be assessed according to their accessibility, repeatability, and suitability for the suggested audience. The winning submissions have the opportunity to publish their experiments in the IYCN experiment database.
The competition is coordinated and managed by the Public Outreach Committee of the International Younger Chemists’ Network (IYCN).
- Competition Opens: January 28, 2020
- Competition deadline: Earth Day (April 22, 2020), at 11:59 PM GMT
- Winners Announced: July 2020
The theme for the 2020 competition is Earth Chemistry; all experiments should reflect this. The competition seeks to recognise those partaking in chemistry outreach. Applicants are encouraged to submit their favourite experiments, projects and demonstrations using the template provided.
The final experiment must include:
- The target audience for the experiment
- A complete list of equipment and materials needed for the experiment
- Safety and risk assessment for the experiment (including waste disposal)
- Learning objectives for the audience and a clear and concise description of the background chemistry knowledge needed to successfully explain the experiment to the audience
- Instructions for conducting the experiment, project, or demonstration
From English to several langages
Applications will be assessed according to the scoring criteria. All applications should be in English. The quality of the English will not be judged during the adjudication process, only the science. The winning experiment will receive a full English language editing service, if necessary.
Applicants are encouraged to provide images or videos of their experiment.
The winning experiment will be translated into multiple languages. The experiment will be published in the IYCN Public Outreach Committee experiment Database for use in chemistry outreach by chemistry volunteers around the globe.
For more informations about the competition, how to submit and the results, see the website.