Chemistry World science communication competition 2014

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If you are passionate about science and science communication, the 2014 Chemistry World science communication competition offers a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your skill and be published in Chemistry World

All you have to do is write an 800 word article based on this year’s topic: chemistry and art.

Within the topic, you can write about whatever you like, but it must be related to the chemical sciences. Entries should consist of a clear and concisely written article, suitable for publication in Chemistry World, and should be no more than 800 words in length.

The closing date is 5 January 2015 and winners will be announced during an event to be held at Burlington House in London on 20 March 2015.

The event will include a second round of judging when 10 shortlisted finalists will be asked to present their topic in in a format other than a piece of prose. This could be anything from a poster or painting to a piece of music, a video, or a piece of sculpture - anything in fact that will engage the audience and judges and communicate your idea. Read more about the second round entry here.

Stuck for ideas?

Let our collection of tips and ideas inspire you! Read Chemistry World's special issue on chemistry and art, have a look at our judges' advice for budding science writers, read last year's shortlisted and winning pieces and watch the RSC's public lecture series.

Rules for entries

Entries should be on a topic related to the chemical sciences, be appropriate for publication in Chemistry World and should embrace the competition’s theme of chemistry and art.

Note that the theme is chemistry and art – we want to see entries that explore the various ways that chemistry and art interact from the painter’s palette to the aesthetics of scientific representations to collaborations between chemists and artists.

For example, this could be:

·  How the chemistry of dyes and pigments has influenced artists and the development of art
·  The ways in which artists draw inspiration from chemistry and other sciences
·  How chemists use artistic expression in their work
·  The role that chemistry plays in stimulating and preserving our culture and heritage

Entries should be no longer than 800 words.

Read our frequently asked questions for more information.


The winner will:

·  Receive £500
·  Be published in Chemistry World print magazine 
·  Have the opportunity to take part in a special assignment with Chemistry World and AkzoNobel

Two runners-up will receive £100.

The Judges

Our panel of science communication experts will be judging your entries.


The competition is open to anyone with knowledge of science and an interest in science communication anywhere in the world – school children and students, teachers and technicians, researchers and artists. You don't have to be a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry to participate. The competition is open only to new science writers; those whose main source of income is through science writing or who have professional (paid) science writing experience are ineligible.

How to enter

Please submit all entries via email to with ‘Chemistry World competition’ in the subject line.

Be sure to:

· Attach your entry in a PDF or Word format
· Clearly state your name, contact information and where you heard about this competition
· Ensure your written entry is 800 words or fewer
· Indicate what the nature of your second round entry might be: audiovisual (eg music, video, spoken word, poster), artwork (eg painting, sculpture, photography), other (please specify). 
· Read our rules, terms and conditions


Are you frighteningly passionate about science communication? Why not enter the Take 1…minute for chemistry in health competition as well?