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PhD Symposium Writing Prize

... for those who have a good story to tell and are willing to share it. Keep in mind that the winning piece will be awarded with 1.000 € and read in front of the entire symposium's audience! Interested?

PhD Symposium Writing Prize


"Scientists can-and-do change the world" - Good communication of the wonder, fascination and relevance of scientific research is an absolute essential to this. We believe that outstanding scientists of today are also the best communicators, and the ability to write about science in an accessible and interesting way is a talent that is much in demand.

The Phd Symposium Science Writing Prize is dedicated to promote science writing and encourage young Phd students to connect with a wide audience through their words. The prize is given annually for an outstanding piece of science writing designed to communicate a topical issue to a non-scientific audience.

So, we are looking for motivated Phd students who can communicate the excitement and importance of their research in a style that will entertain , inform and stimulate the readers from a wide range of the society to appreciate the scientific contributions made by researchers all over the world.


The sum awarded is 1.000 €.

In addition:

  • The winner will be invited to participate in the EMBL PhD symposium where she/he can read her/his piece in front of the audience. All the expenses for travel and boarding will be reimbursed.
  • The winning essay will be published in the PhD symposium conference book.

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Any Phd student up to 30 years.

Entries must


Only one entry per person may be submitted, using the online application form.

Images accompanying entries may be submitted by email to the writing prize committee.

Applicants may take their inspiration from the following when considering a topic for writing the essay. However, this is not a criterion for acceptance.


Selection Committee

Sponsors for Science Writing Prize

  • OIPA
  • International PhD Programme
  • Science & Society
  • Science & Society

For further questions, please feel free to contact the writing prize committee.