The YESBernal Writing Challenge 2021 is open to PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers at the Bernal Institute

The YESBernal Writing Challenge is back, following a year of living under COVID restrictions.

Every small idea might be another step forward on our way back to normality which might be closer than we think.

As scientists, our vision of research and daily life has changed a lot.  This year’s competition aims to convey some aspects of the life of a scientist post Covid 19 restrictions.

We are glad to welcome Shalini Singh, Hugh Geaney and Andreas Grabrucker as the judges of this year’s YESBernal Writing Challenge to assess the most impactful and interesting submissions and choose the 3 best articles to win some cash:

First Prize €300,    Second Prize €200,    Third Prize €100.    Closing date: Friday, June 25th 5pm

Entries must be about one of the following topics:

  • How will life change in Ireland (UL) after the pandemic?

This topic should look at something specific but being objective about the style. It should regard a particular aspect of life it could be daily life, social relationships, research, sports activities and so on.

  • How would you explain your research to a high-school student?

This topic aims to help Bernal scientists to be more involved in the dissemination, to share their project with a wider and more general public, high lightening the importance of their single projects.

  •  The impact of music on your research

Music is known to help people relax, focus, and has a positive influence on the mood. We chose this topic to see how that affects you during your projects.

Challenge yourself and subscribe to the YESBernal Writing Challenge! Please send your contribution to !

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Terms and Conditions:
▪ Permission from the group’s principal investigator must be sought before submitting any
contribution including data or information of ongoing research.
▪ Any inappropriate or discriminatory content will be automatically disqualified.
▪ The entrant, or their representative submitting the article on their behalf, must be the
copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder to submit the article and
any information (images, data) within the article.
▪ The entrant warrants that any material submitted is their own original work and does not
infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party. If copyright or any third-party
rights are infringed by any material provided by an entrant, then the entrant will take full
responsibility for this. Bernal Institute accepts no liability for any breach of copyright or
any third-party rights by an entrant or arising from a breach of this warranty.