AEI doctoral student wins science video competition

First place for junior scientist in Fast Forward Science 2013

November 06, 2013

The fact that scientists not only conduct research, but are also able to present their work in a generally understandable and creative way was proven by Pablo A. Rosado of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute / AEI) in Hannover. Together with his team, he won first prize as part of the video competition Fast Forward Science 2013 in the Next category. The prize carries an award sum of 6,000 Euros.

The Invisible Colours of the Universe: Gravitational Waves - Fast Forward Science 2013

Fast Forward Science is a video contest in which researchers, science communicators and junior scientists can participate with their short science and research web-based videos focussing on current developments.

The competition was first organized in 2013 by “Wissenschaft im Dialog” (WiD) and the “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft”. The goal of the competition is to motivate researchers to also make use of the video medium in their future efforts in science communication in order to make scientific topics more attractive for young people.

A total of 90 submissions were registered this year, of which 30 were in the Next category including the video submitted by the team headed by Pablo A. Rosado, currently at the AEI in the Observational Relativity and Cosmology Department.

In the film “The Invisible Colours of the Universe”, Rosado and his colleagues explain what gravitational waves are, how these ripples in spacetime can be measured and how they will be opening a completely new window onto the universe.

The videos were evaluated by a jury in the categories scientific character, clarity and entertainment value. The jury, consisting of representatives of classic and new media, and of science communication and film, also took into consideration a fourth criterion for their overall evaluation: the popularity of the videos with YouTube users.

In this context, “The Invisible Colours of the Universe” not only convinced the YouTube audience who chose it as the most popular in the Next category. The jury also gave top honours to Rosado’s video from amongst 30 competitors.

The prizes will be presented on 12 November 2013 within the framework of the 6th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation, the most important conference for science communicators in the German-speaking region, which “Wissenschaft im Dialog” organized this year to take place in Karlsruhe.

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