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The Institute of Physics (IOP) national science communication competition is back.

Described as "Educational, inspiring and entertaining all at once”, 3 Minute Wonder challenges researchers in physics-related fields (industry OR academia) to explain their work in … yes, you guessed it … just three minutes.

As far as communication challenges go, it doesn't get too much harder (tweet your thesis, maybe?) but it's exactly these sorts of challenges that help you refine and develop your communication skills, find creative and inspiring ways of getting research across, and also highlight what the key messages are. So well worth having a go!

Participants pitch their research to a panel of established science communicators and a non-specialist general public audience; the judges awarding points for physics content, presentation skill, level of engagement and entertainment. In the event of a tie, the audience decides the winner.

The winner and runner up from each participating IoP region will be invited to compete again in the national final at the Royal Institution in May 2018.

The London and South East region heat will be held at the Institute of Physics in London on 29 November at 6.30pm. The deadline for your application is 15 November.

To enter your just need to fill in a form and provide a 50 word abstract about your talk.

For details, rules and to enter visit their website:

You can also book to attend the regional heat as a spectator. Booking for the national final will be added to their events calendar in due course.