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Chemistry World Competition 2012

If you are passionate about science and keen to communicate it widely, the Chemistry World Science Writing competition offers a fantastic opportunity to do just that. Winning entries will be published by Chemistry World and awarded a cash prize.
There are two categories for entries, writing and multimedia, and your chosen topic should be related to the chemical sciences:
  • Written entries should be no more than 800 words
  • Multimedia entries may be video or audio and no longer than 5 minutes
To enter, simply fill out the registration form and upload your entry on the following page. If you're already a MyRSC user, go straight through to the submission page.

The judges

science writing competition judge philip ball science writing competition judge bibiana Campos-Siejo science writing competition judge adam hart-davis
Philip Ball
Freelance writer and past editor of Nature
Bibiana Campos-Seijo
Editor of Chemistry World
Adam Hart-Davis
Freelance writer and broadcaster
science writing competition judge lesley yellowlees science writing competition judge felicity mellor science writing competition judge clive cookson
Lesley Yellowlees
President of the RSC
Felicity Mellor
Senior lecturer at Imperial College London, UK
Clive Cookson
Science editor at the Financial Times

Prizes and evening reception

20 shortlisted entrants will be invited to an evening reception to be held at The Chemistry Centre in London on October 10 2012; sponsored by Procter & Gamble. As well as publication in Chemistry World, the winner of each category will be awarded a £300 cash prize. A runner-up from each category will receive £100 cash.

If you need any help submitting your entry contact the MyRSC team. For more details see FAQ and Rules and T&Cs.


The Chemistry World Science Communication competition is being run as part of ChemCareers, the RSC's online careers fair.

ChemCareers is the careers fair with a difference as it is held entirely online! Over 3 days from 8 – 10 October, join us to:
  • Discover the huge range of career opportunities available to chemical scientists
  • Learn how to market yourself to employers in job applications and interviews
  • Seek expert advice on career planning and making your next career move
  • Investigate further part time study options
  • Network with scientists around the globe

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