Have you ever written a blog, or wanted to? This is your chance! Enter an article for ‘Science in Motion: Navigating Transitions’: the EACR Science Communication Prize 2023. The winner, and shortlist, will be published here in The Cancer Researcher online magazine. The winner will also receive a free registration to an EACR conference of their choice.

For this year’s theme, ‘Science in Motion: Navigating Transitions‘, we’re excited to hear from cancer researchers who have experienced transitions in their research or careers. Whether it’s learning a new technique, adapting to new technology, or transitioning to a new research area or career, we want to explore your stories and perspectives on how you’ve navigated these transitions, and what you’ve learned along the way.

Perhaps you’ve recently made the switch to computational biology tools in cancer research, or maybe you’ve transitioned from being a postdoc to a PI. We want to hear about the challenges you’ve faced and the successes you’ve achieved. Maybe you’ve learned to perform a new kind of experiment or have mastered a new piece of laboratory equipment. Whatever your story may be, we’re eager to learn from your experiences and share them with our community.

Join us on this exciting journey of exploring the ever-changing landscape of scientific research, and how scientists like you are always in motion, adapting and evolving to stay ahead of the curve. (Speaking of which: the header image of this post was generated by AI. Cool, huh?)

How to enter

  • Write a short blog post on the theme ‘Science in Motion: Navigating Transitions’.
  • Suggested length: around 400-600 words. It can be funny or serious. Take a look at some of our topic ideas below.
  • Include a 50-100 word ‘About the author’ section, and an optional photo of the author.
  • Don’t forget to send pictures, drawings or even GIFs, to illustrate your article!
  • Please submit your entry to us by email by 04 August 2023!

The winner will be announced on 23 August 2023, with the shortlist then being published over the next few weeks.

Who can enter?

Anybody involved in cancer research! It does not matter whether you’re a first year PhD student or a senior Professor – this is a prize with no limit on your experience, or lack of it. We will choose the winner and shortlist based on what we judge to be the best written blog post.

Time to send us those entries! Credit: Giphy

What can I write about?

Your blog post can be about anything relevant to the theme, but we are looking for articles that other cancer researchers will find interesting, entertaining, relatable or thought-provoking. For example:

  • Transitioning from PhD to postdoc, or postdoc to principal investigator
  • Exploring uncharted territories, learning new concepts, and adapting to different experimental techniques
  • Facing significant career or work-life transitions and overcoming obstacles along the way
  • Moving away from unsuccessful research approaches to new and promising methodologies
  • The dynamic nature of cancer research and the need for researchers to stay ahead of emerging trends

However, don’t let these limit you! Anything that’s a part of your life as a cancer researcher and feels fitting to the topic of ‘Science in Motion: Navigating Transitions’ could be a topic for an article.

If you would like some inspiration, then please see the library of shortlisted articles from our previous Science Communication Prizes!

Submit your entry to us by email by 04 August 2023. Any questions? Email us!

Terms and conditions

  • You should be the original author of the blog post you submit.
  • Co-authors are allowed but one person should be listed as the lead author. The prize is limited to one free conference registration. This would be offered to the lead author. All co-authors should give their consent to enter the article in the competition.
  • You can enter more than one post.
  • You can submit a post that you’ve already used elsewhere as long as you acknowledge this on entry.
  • If you choose to send accompanying images please make sure you have the rights or permission to use them.
  • We will publish the winner and shortlisted entries on The Cancer Researcher, and we may make selective edits with the author’s final agreement. The authors will be fully credited and will retain all copyright.
  • The prize of one free registration is for any EACR virtual or in-person conference. It must be redeemed by the end of 2024.
Cora Olpe and colleagues made this great GIF for a previous EACR Science Communication prize