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Student 90–second Science Film Competition

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Showcase our awesome science for the chance to win cash prizes and a big-screen premiere at the NZ International Science Festival!

Do you get excited by science? Do you get a tingle down your spine when you hear about the latest EUREKA moment? From scintillating space studies to mindboggling biology, Otago scientists are crossing new frontiers every day. We think it's time to share those exceptional science stories with the world!

You’re invited to highlight Otago science research in a 90-second video that will help us to spread the word about the cool science being done right here in Ōtepoti.

Cook up your video, send it to us, and be in to win cash prizes of up to $500! The top entries will also be aired online and at the New Zealand International Science Festival in July 2021.

This is a great chance to explore the many faces and facets of our science research, and to make a name for yourself as an emerging science communicator.


Closing date: 31 May 2021
Winners announced: 9 July 2021

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About the competition

Produce a 90-second video communicating a research project led by academics in the Division of Sciences to the general public.

Your film needs to:

  1. explain a science project led by academics in the Division of Sciences that is of interest to you, and
  2. creatively convey what is unique and exciting about the research project

This film is to be used to promote the research project to audience from the general public.

The judges will be looking for innovative and creative entries which show a genuine love of the research project.

Once the finalist films have been posted on the University YouTube channel, we encourage sharing to contribute to the People's Choice Prize.

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Research topics

Students can approach any academics in the Division of Sciences whose research they are interested in.

List of academic staff and their research projects in the Sciences Departments, Schools and Programmes

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Contest prizes

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $250
  • People’s Choice Prize: $250 (as revealed by data such as number of likes, shared etc collected via the University YouTube Channel)

Winning films will also be aired at the New Zealand International Science Festival in July.

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Who may enter

All currently enrolled University of Otago students are eligible to enter.

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Number of entries

You may submit up to two entries provided each entry is your own separate and original work on different topics.

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File formats for your film

Entries must be in either mp4 or .mov file format. Each entry is a short video with a length of 90 seconds. The video can be made with smart phones.

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How to enter


Any questions, email

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