Submissions for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge Are Now Being Accepted! - 12.01.2015

Ocean scientists of all career stages are invited to take the Ocean 180 Challenge and create a 3-minute video abstract that effectively communicates the findings and significance of a recently published study to general audiences. Sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Ocean 180 Video Challenge is designed to encourage scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with the public.

A total of $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries.

Submissions will be accepted until December 11, 2015 (11:59pm PST) using our online form:

Entries are initially screened and evaluated by a team of science and communication experts to determine the top ten finalists, but the winners are selected by student judges from 6th-8th grade classrooms around the world. Over 20,000 students in 9 countries have already registered to participate as judges.

This year’s finalists will be screened during a special showcase at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans on February 23, 2016. Competition winners will be announced at the end of the showcase.

This is a fantastic opportunity for scientists to broaden the impact and raise the profile of their research while practicing their communication skills.

Information and full contest guidelines are available here. All questions may be directed to

Who is eligible to submit an entry?
Ocean scientists of all career stages, including undergraduate and graduate students, are eligible to participate. Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. Individual entrants or team leaders must be (1) a coauthor of the original published paper and (2) affiliated with a U.S.-based institution at the time of submission and/or a U.S. citizen. There are no restrictions on the affiliations and nationalities of the remaining team members. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by a single scientist, but an individual entrant cannot submit more than one video entry per publication.

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