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Applications being accepted for 2nd annual Asean 'science slam' contest

The search for Asean's best science slammer began on Sunday.

Researchers from the Asean region are invited to enter the second global EURAXESS science slam competition. The winner will join the champions from Brazil, China, India, Japan and North America in a networking trip to Europe.

According to Wikipedia, a "science slam" is an entertaining, strictly time-limited presentation by scientists of their research work to a non-expert audience.

The European Commission's "EURAXESS Links Asean" is once again looking for this region's best science slammer. Researchers of any age, nationality and discipline currently conducting research in Asean are invited to submit a short video of their research for the chance to get shortlisted for the live slam finals.

Five finalists will battle it out for the title of "EURAXESS Science Slammer Asean 2014" in the live slam to be held in Bangkok on November 13. The first prize is a free trip to Europe.

Phanramphoei Frantz, a virologist at Thailand's National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), became Asean's first EURAXESS science slammer in last year's competition. Frantz won over the audience with her rap song "Pigs Don't Cry" about her work at the virology and cell technology lab at BIOTEC where she was developing a vaccine to combat the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus.

Dr Frantz bagged the first prize of a free trip to Europe. She has since been awarded a Franco-Thai Fellowship and is currently conducting research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France.

This second annual event is organised by EURAXESS Links Asean, a pan-European project. The EURAXESS science slam series provides a platform for young researchers of any nationality and any discipline to showcase their work and to engage with one another. Submissions are accepted between now and September 15 via the network's website, scienceslam.euraxess.org.

Participants must be enrolled in a PhD programme or hold a PhD.

This year, the EURAXESS science slam series takes place in six locations across the globe - Brazil, China, India, Japan, North America and Asean.


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