Can you explain the importance of chemistry to human health in just 1 minute? If you’re up to the challenge, you could win £500 in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s video competition.

Take 1… minute for chemistry in health, now in its second year, is a competition that invites early-career researchers to make an original video highlighting how chemistry has helped to address challenges in health. We want undergraduates, PhD students, post-doc students as well as those starting out their career in industry to produce an original 1 minute video demonstrating the importance of chemistry in health. The video should be targeted at a non-specialist audience, but otherwise can use any style you like and should be as imaginative as possible.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £500 and there are also prizes of £250 and £150 for the runners-up. By making a short video, you can highlight an interesting piece of chemistry that you believe makes an important contribution to health.


  • Entry is open to both members and non-members (of the RSC)
  • Undergraduates, PhD students, post docs (completing their PhD in the last 5 years) and early-career scientists in industry (including technicians)
  • International entries are encouraged

Judging criteria

The video must be no more than sixty seconds and be in English. It will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Language: it should be appropriate for a non-specialist audience and the general public
  • Style: the video should be engaging, dynamic, and compelling, making the audience interested in the topic
  • Creativity: the video should help the audience understand the research in an innovative way
  • Content: accurately demonstrates how chemistry has helped to address challenges in health

Find out more and enter here:

The closing date for entries to be submitted is 30 January 2015.