The “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest is on again for 2011. This unusual and highly interesting experiment in science outreach continues to be shepherded by John Bohannon, and continues to attract new sponsors — this years sponsor is TEDx Brussels.
So what is this? Basically: you create an interpretive dance that “explains” your Ph.D. research and videotape it. Sounds easy, eh? No words, no powerpoint, just dancing. And you want the audience to walk away with a reasonable understanding of what you did or are currently doing your Ph.D. on. Send in a video and John will collect them all on his website (which is also linked from the Science website, since he is a contributing writer at Science). Then, on October 10th (yes, SOON!), me and about 8 other judges will pick some winners: with prizes ranging from $500 to a trip to Brussels. But one of the most rewarding “prizes” is the making of the video itself.
So check it out and start planning your dance video:
the site tells you how to apply and has links to all previous entries.
(A previous WorldsFair post about the 2010 “Dance your Ph.D.”, which also includes some videos, is here.)