Entrants to the competition were challenged to summarise a cutting-edge research article,
communicating in a simple and accessible way what the research is, and why it
matters, to an interested, non-specialist audience.
a PhD student in material sciences at the University of Cambridge, was selected
from among 400 entries from around the world for her entry, ‘Hip, hip, hooray!’, explaining research
that investigated the causes of hip fracture in the elderly.
A further six entries were
commended by the judging panel, spanning basic through to clinical science, and
including complex papers on stem cells, cancer and genetics. The short-listed and winning entries can all be seen here. The original
articles are all freely available from Europe PMC.
importance to the general public of being able to understand the outcomes of
research which they pay for. Furthermore, it seeks to break down the barriers that
highly technical research language presents to enabling understanding of
research and encourages PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers
to develop their communications skills.