Are you a postgraduate researcher (PGR), or recently graduated PGR, in Wales working on topics relevant to climate change?

Do you want to show off your research to the public on a national stage?

The Low Carbon Energy and Environment Research Network Wales would like to offer you the opportunity to be part of our new video series: Small Nation, Big Ideas: Welsh science tackling climate change! Our aim is to highlight the excellent researchers based in Wales, and their contributions to addressing one of the biggest challenges facing society. The series of short films will showcase cutting-edge research being carried out in Wales. Additionally, there will be lots of opportunities for researchers working on climate-change related topics to talk to the media in the run-up to COP26, so this video series is chance to for us to put a spotlight on engaging and enthusiastic speakers. The videos will be promoted on our website, social media channels, and have the chance to become part of the Wales Climate Week exhibit, reaching a large audience of fellow researchers, policy makers and the public.

Competition entries will be judged by an expert panel, including Professor Mike Bruford from Cardiff University and Professor Julia Patricia Gordon Jones from Bangor University. There will be a £100 cash prize for 1st place and a £50 cash prize for 2nd place.  

You can find an example of a finished video here:

If you have a submission that you would like to be considered for the video series, please get in touch. We can work with you to produce an engaging and informative short film. We will do the video editing, adding images, logos and music where needed. What we will need from you:

  • Video of you describing your research – entries must be no longer than 90 seconds, and shorter 60 second or less videos are also welcome. Please use language suitable for a public audience and focus on how the research can ultimately contribute to tackling or adapting to climate change. Please film your entry in portrait (vertical) and make sure that the video is as high quality as possible. Please also make sure that you are being lit from the front rather than behind. For best audio quality, use a well-placed microphone if you have one, or if you are filming on a smartphone, make sure that you are not too far away from the phone. Videos in the field or lab are very welcome, but please consider sound quality.
  • Additional high-resolution photographs/infographics or video clips of your experiments, field set up, code or simulations, interviews with the public or whatever your research involves.  
  • High-resolution logos and any acknowledgements.

We’re very interested in receiving submissions in Welsh or English (or both!)
Mae gennym ddiddordeb mawr mewn derbyn cyflwyniadau yn Gymraeg neu Saesneg (neu’r ddau!)

Once complete, will give you a MP4 of your final video to use in any way you like.

Please get in touch at nrnlcee@bangor.ac.uk to discuss your idea. We ask that you provide a link to your materials using your chosen cloud-based storage service. The submission deadline for your content is midnight on the 18th August 2021. Entries must be from early career researchers, including those completing their masters, PhD, or those who are within 2 years since completing their PhD.

We are the Low Carbon Energy and Environment Research Network Wales. Our mission is to support Wales’ world-leading research in low carbon energy, nature-based solutions to environmental challenges, the bioeconomy, and sustainable food production. We aim to enhance and build on the excellent research capability in Wales, and to increase competitive funding secured in Wales. Our vision is of world-leading research strength, contributing innovation internationally and economic strength domestically. 

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