Call for entries: NESCent announces Evolution Video Contest

Application deadline: Friday June 10, 2011video

Submit your best evolution-themed video for screening at this year’s Evolution meeting!

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) invites scientists of all stripes — graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty — to enter the first annual Evolution Video Competition. To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in three minutes or less. Entries may be related or unrelated to your own research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom (K-12, undergraduate, graduate…your choice). Videos should be both informative and entertaining. (In other words, no taped lectures or narrated Powerpoint presentations!) Animations, music videos, and mini documentaries are all fair game. To enter your video, please complete our online registration form.


  • Contestants may work alone or as a team. All entries must be original. Videos created in the past are eligible for submission, provided the person submitting the video also played a role in its production, and has permission from the videographer and any people depicted in the video to submit it to the contest.

  • Entries should be under three minutes.

  • Entries should be in MOV or AVI format, uploaded to Vimeo and tagged "NESCent video contest". (We need to be able to download the full original video file.)

  • After uploading your video, please enter the contest using our online form. Include the Vimeo ID for your video.

Selecting the winners

A panel of reviewers from both NESCent and the science video community will select the semi-finalists, who will be notified by e-mail. The finalists will then be screened at a film festival at the 2011 Evolution meeting in Norman, OK, from 6:30-7:30 pm on Monday June 20th. After screening the videos, the audience will vote for their favorites. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries.


You don’t need to attend the conference to submit an entry. All videos submitted by Friday June 10th (5:00 p.m. ET) are eligible to win.

Additional regulations

By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have the right, including any required permission of individuals depicted in the video, to publicly display the video. You also confirm that any music or images contained therein do not violate any copyright, trademark or other rights of any third party. By submitting your video, you grant to NESCent the right to display the submitted video on the NESCent website, YouTube channel, Facebook or Twitter page.

For more information please contact Dr. Jory Weintraub at, or Dr. Robin Smith at