Society seeks answers to everyday questions on several topics. In the search for answers, we explore depths of science as a guide to light the way. Encompassed on a journey of knowledge, a scientist is one of the bearers of the torch equipped with facts, and perspectives.  As Scientists we are required to adapt to unexpected and new circumstances, being successful means dealing with difficult tasks and challenging questions that go beyond the focus of our individual research.

Every small idea might be another step forward on our way back to normality post Covid19 restrictions . From this principle, YESBernal with support from the Bernal operations team has initiated a Writing Competition for Post Doctoral Researchers and PhD Students at the Bernal Institute.

Entries must be about one of the following topics:

  • Post-COVID-19 – possible solutions for our new lab work routine
  • Getting addicted to your fridge – Is sugar the new cocaine?
  • Education post-COVID-19 – The future of education by remote learning?

First Prize €300,    Second Prize €200,   Third Prize €100.

Entries close at 5 p.m Friday, 10th July

To enter please send your contribution to yesbernal@ul.ie and post your article on LinkedIn using @yesbernal and @bernalinstitute.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to Post Doctoral Researchers and PhD Students at the Bernal Institute
  2. The competition will be judged by Dr Margaret Lawlor, Executive Director, SSPC and Sarah E. Hayes, Director, PMTC. Judges will consider the most impactful and interesting submissions and will select the best 3 articles.  The decision of the judges is final.
  3. Contributions which will be shared on Bernal Institute and YESBernal LinkedIN company pages. Entrants must follow Bernal Institute and YESBernal on LinkedIn.
  4. The preferred text format for submission is Microsoft Word. Main text should be written in Calibri, font size 12, line spacing 1.15, and standard page margins.
  5. The maximum length of manuscripts is preferably 2 pages – A4 including figures and references.
  6.  The article title should be concise and informative,  please include below the title: Author, Institute , Cluster/Dept, Email address:
  7. The summary must not be longer than about 100 words.
  8.  References should be indicated by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the Reference number(s) must always be given. Example: ”As demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result?”  Reference to a journal publication:  [1] J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, J. Sci. Communc. 163 (2000) 51.  Reference to a book:
  9. Papers must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or docx) and PDF-version.