Announcing the winners of MEOPAR’s Science Video Competition

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Faced with hosting an all-virtual Annual Training Meeting and Annual Scientific Meeting, MEOPAR staff started looking for ways to engage, interact and share the great work happening in our network while holed up in our various homes and home-offices. Out of that came our first-ever Science Video Competition, a way to shake up the traditional poster session. We invited students and trainees to tap into their inner filmmakers and produce two-minute videos that highlighted their research in a creative way and were thrilled to receive 12 impressive videos from across the country.

Tasked with the near-impossible job of picking the best of the group, we judged videos based on the strength of their science communication, creativity and technical skills and in the end, our top three selections were separated by mere decimals. Congratulations to McGill University’s Charles Brunette, whose playful Forecasting Regional Sea Ice from a Month to Seasons injected humour and pop culture into its very informative two minutes, Dalhousie University’s Luana Almeida, a first-time filmmaker with a knack for storytelling, and Memorial University’s Jordan Sutton, who won over judges with his top-notch illustration skills. You can watch their award-winning videos.

We also opened up the decision-making to the public, inviting folks to anonymously vote for their favourite video of the bunch. Nearly 800 people weighed in, choosing our silver-winner Luana Almeida as their top choice.

MEOPAR sincerely thanks all of the people who embraced the challenge and took the time to make and submit these videos, as well as everyone who watched them and voted. If you’re interested in viewing all 12 of our 2020 Science Videos, check out this playlist.

And now, our winners!

FIRST PLACE:
Forecasting Regional Arctic Sea Ice from a Month to Seasons by Charles Brunette, McGill University

SECOND PLACE and PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:
Prepared for Cascadia? A Logistics Model by Luana Almeida, Dalhousie University

THIRD PLACE:
Little fish, big lake: The Life and Times of the Rainbow Smelt by Jordan Sutton,
Memorial University of Newfoundland