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 virtual 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 webinar attendees play a major role in selecting the best talk for the audience choice award. In March 2022, we hosted the third annual flash talk competition.

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2022 Science in a Flash winners

Judges’ Choice Award

Wei Wei, Stanford University
Discovery of exercise-induced anti-obesity hormones

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?

Meet the 2022 presenters

anazia david hardy karunanayake kwiatek maskey obi poudyal siegel wei

Additional resources


Science in a flash short guide

Quick tips for creating a flash talk that anyone can use to think about how to present an impactful research pitch in a short period of time.


Science in a Flash: How to give a successful flash talk

If you had just one figure, three minutes and a microphone to describe your research — could you do it?


Science in a flash

At the 2019 ASBMB annual meeting, grad student and postdoc travel awardees will push their science-communication skills to the limit in a competition that gives them four minutes and one figure to...