Science in a Flash: The ASBMB flash talk competition
Science in a Flash is not the usual scientific presentation, it is a creative challenge: How do you explain your research to a general audience in just three minutes and one slide? This annual competition features short talks from selected presenters who are challenged to distill their research to its essence and make it more accessible to the nonexpert audience, including policymakers, family and friends, K–12 students, teachers and others.
Each year, the ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee selects up to 10 graduate student and postdoc annual meeting travel awardees to present their work. Presenters are judged by a panel of committee members, and attendees play a major role in selecting the best talk for the audience choice award. At #DiscoverBMB 2023, we hosted the fourth annual flash talk competition.
Do you want to more about crafting your own flash talk? Below are helpful resources and example presentations showcasing past winners. For more guidance or information — email us at: email@example.com.
Examples of flash talks
This YouTube playlist features the three winning talks given at the 2022 Science in a Flash competition.
Science in a flash short guide
Science in a Flash: How to give a successful flash talk
Make your own science figures and illustrations
Make your talk accessible to any audience
Practice distilling your core message
Make your story relatable
2023 Science in a Flash winners
Judges’ Choice and Audience Choice Awards
Kylie Deng, University of Sydney
The islet environment: Location matters
Students’ Choice Award
Isaiah Mensah, Purdue University
You may fall in love, but your genes control the heart
Honorary Mention Award
Connor O’Hara, Virginia Commonwealth University
Pulling tumors out by their roots
Meet the other 2023 presenters
Judges’ Honorary Mention Award
Kara Anazia, University of Florida
A break in cellular communication
Audience Choice Award
Joanna Kwiatek, Rutgers University
How does bread baking lead to studying lipid metabolism?
Judges’ Choice Award
Wei Wei, Stanford University
Discovery of exercise-induced anti-obesity hormones