Pitch Yourself & Your Science for #PlantBio18

Your “elevator pitch” is how you present yourself and your science in an intriguing, attention-grabbing, and articulate way.

When someone asks you about yourself or your work, being prepared with your “pitch” immediately catches their interest and opens the conversation so you can provide more detail.

How to the contest works:

All plant scientists are eligible to participate!
How? All you have to do is create a 90-second video, upload it to YouTube, and tag the video with #plantbio18.

It’s as simple as that.


Submission deadline:

Monday, July 16th at 11:59 PM EST. 

Judging Criteria:

We judge the elevator pitches on a few simple criteria. Any good elevator pitch should start with an introduction, so (1) state your name and affiliation (university, company, federal…etc). Additionally, the point of a scientific elevator pitch is to showcase who you are, and what your research questions are, so (2) be sure to talk about what you work on. This can include research questions, study systems, and big picture (i.e., WHY) you work on what you work on. Finally, elevator pitches can be to a wide variety of audiences, most of which will not be in your direct field, so (3) craft a pitch to a general audience, without excessive scientific jargon or heavy methodological details.  


Winners will be chosen at the Celebration and Contest Awards event on Tuesday, July 17th at 2 pm EST in the Plantae Pavilion during the Plant Biology 2018 meeting in Montreal. Participants do not need to be present to win.  

First place – $100
Second place – $75
Third place – $50

All winners will be contacted through their YouTube profile. You are also free to put a valid email in the video description so that we may contact you.

Not sure how to make an elevator pitch?
No worries! Check out these helpful tips-and-tricks-links below!

Want more interaction? Post your video on Plantae and other social media platforms!

Once you’ve uploaded your video, feel free to share it on social media or add it to your Plantae profile, so that others may also see it. Who knows? Advertising your elevator pitch may result in further conversations about your work! 

Be sure to tag ASPB and/or Plantae on Twitter: @ASPB and @plantae_org and use the #plantbio18 hashtag

Terms and conditions:

By participating in the contest, you are giving ASPB and Plantae permission to promote the videos on ASPB and Plantae social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


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