Over 300 schools across the country are invited to make a short video and go viral for science. ReelLife Science is an initiative set up by NUI Galway’s Dr Enda O’Connell, and is the first of its kind in Ireland, which aims to promote Science to a wider a

Students from schools that were involved in the inaugural ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here’ event last year, along with any school in County Galway, are invited to submit a short (1-3 minute) video communicating a scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way.

No special camera skills are needed- the videos can be created using a smartphone or digital camera. Secondary school students can make videos on ‘Stem Cells,’ ‘The Environment,’ ‘Evolution’ or ‘Astrobiology.’

The ReelLife Science project is the brainchild of Dr Enda O’Connell who won ‘I’m a Scientist’ in November 2012. His win secured some start-up funding for a Science Communication project. Additional funding was then received from NUI Galway’s EXPLORE Innovation Initiative, and the College of Science.

Now supported by a team of NUI Galway Science Communicators, ReelLife Sciencewill award a total of €1,000 in prizes.  The best Science Communication video at each level (primary and secondary) will receive €250, to be spent on a science project or event, as proposed by the winning students.  Second and third-placed entries at each level will receive €150 and €100 worth of scientific resources for their school, respectively.

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts including Professor Rhodri Ceredig, REMEDI, NUI Galway and Professor Andrea Brand of Gurdon Institute, Cambridge. Special guests judges will include Ciara Judge, Sophie Healy-Thow and Emer Hickey- winners at the 2013 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibiton and first prize winners at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.

Students have until October 25th to submit their videos to reellifescience@gmail.com, and more information can be found at www.reellifescience.com