Abstract submission

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL THE 15TH OF MAY

Once upon a time in a land of magic and mystery…

In Medieval Europe, only the monarchs and members of the Church received an education and could read. The common people knew the stories in the Bible through stained glass windows in churches, and shaped a world that they could not understand with legends. Rhinoceroses became unicorns, patients with porphyria were seen as vampires, and red hair was so scarce that its bearers were considered to be witches! This oral tradition kicked in the storytelling of minstrels and troubadours, from market squares in remote towns to the elegant court of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Poitiers.

Now it is your opportunity to re-enact the spirit of the medieval storytellers and #ShareYourMagic!

Abstract submission for the VIII International SRUK symposium is open to any researcher, either for poster or oral presentations (the “Joust of Minstrels”). You can also submit an abstract to present a public engagement activity in our Science Zone, the best platform to share all your magic with a broader audience (see details below).

All the abstracts should be submitted to symposium@sruk.org.uk with the email subject stating, before any other information, [ORAL-SRUK2021], [POSTER-SRUK2021] or [SCIENCEZONE-SRUK2021] (including brackets) by the 15th of May 2021 (extended deadline). Oral and poster presentations are open only to SRUK members. Presenting at the Science Zone is limited to SRUK members, associates, and friends.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

Joust of Minstrels (short talks)

You will need to submit an abstract in English, not exceeding 250 words of the research of your choice, for which you can use this template. Figures and references are permitted. Talks will be classified in one of the five categories below (please, indicate in the email description which one you think fits better):

  • Exact Sciences, Physics and Chemistry
  • Biology and Medicine
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Linguistics and Humanities
  • Computer Science and Engineering

We will use the classification into the categories above to ensure a diverse session, but we would like to stress that you should present your research in an accessible way to a general audience.

Selected oral presentations will be 5 minutes long, in English, and given in lay language through storytelling and intended for a general public, not a research talk. Only one slide will be allowed as support for more technical details. Using everyday-objects, costumes, music and other props are highly encouraged, but not compulsory. Think of yourself as a 21st century science minstrel and dazzle us with your creativity!

Please, see a couple of short talks from Fergus McAuliffe and Lucy Hawking on using storytelling to communicate science.

A jury will evaluate all the short talks, positively considering less standard formats in their deliberation, and select the best talk prize, awarded with £100. There will also be an audience award for £100. Both prizes are mutually exclusive. All presenters will receive a certificate of participation.

If your abstract is not selected for oral presentation, it will be considered for a poster presentation.

Posters

You will need to submit an abstract in English, not exceeding 250 words of the research of your choice, for which you can use this template. Figures and references are permitted. Presenters can use posters that have previously been presented at other meetings or conferences. Posters will be classified in one of the five categories below (please, indicate in the email description which one you think fits better):

  • Exact Sciences, Physics and Chemistry
  • Biology and Medicine
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Linguistics and Humanities
  • Computer Science and Engineering

Posters will be exhibited virtually during the symposiums. After acceptance and before the symposium, authors will be encouraged to submit a short video (less than 5 min) explaining their poster in English.

Symposium attendees will be able to vote for their favourite posters (up to a maximum of three) and the author of the poster with the highest number of votes will receive a £100 award. This prize is incompatible with the prizes awarded to the best and most popular talks. All presenters will receive a certificate of participation.

Science Zone

Applying for public engagement activities in the Science Zone festival can be done by filling in this form.

Attendees will be able to vote for their favourite Science Zone stand and the exhibitor with the highest number of votes will receive an award of £150. All contributors will receive a participation certificate.


NOTE: Abstract submission does not constitute symposium registration and it is not mandatory to submit a scientific abstract to be able to attend it. Please register separately as a symposium attendee here.

If you have any questions regarding abstract submission, please contact us here.