ReelLIFE SCIENCE is a novel Science Communication video competition for primary and secondary schools, the first of its kind in Ireland, which aims to engage students in Science and Science Communication.  We’re looking for students to submit a short (up to 3 minutes) video communicating a scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way.  All you need to take part is a video camera and your imagination!

Why should we enter?

Supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme and CÚRAM, the best video at each level will be awarded €1000 to be spent on a Science Communication project, trip or event, as proposed by the winning students themselves.  Second and third-placed entries at each level will receive €300 and €200 for science communication in their school, respectively. Winning schools will be invited to attend the Galway Science & Technology Festival in November to receive their prizes and certificates and to see the videos on display to the general public.

Who can enter?

Classes, groups or individual students from Irish primary or secondary schools.

What are the topics?

Primary School Topics

  • The Heart
  • Life in Space
  • Science and Me
  • Our Many Senses
  • The Science of Farming

Secondary School Topics

  • The Brain
  • Myths Busted!
  • How Things Work
  • Irish Science Heroes
  • Everyday Biotechnology

Who are the Judges?

The 2016 panel of Special Guest Judges is made up broadcaster and science communication enthusiast Rick O’Shea, University College London neuroscientist and Royal Society Fellow Prof. Eleanor Maguire, and BT Young Scientist & Technologists of the Year 2016, Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan. The judges will decide on the overall winners and their decision is final in all matters.

When can we enter?

ReelLife Science will be launched on August 29th and videos should reach us by October 14th.

How do we enter?

Once your video is ready to be submitted and you’ve read our Terms and Conditions, upload it to YouTube and fill out our Application Form to submit it for consideration.

Do we need specialist video equipment to take part? 

No. If your school has specialist video equipment, then great, but feel free to use the video recording ability of a smart phone, tablet or digital camera.

Can our video be animated?

Yes. We welcome all kinds of entries, from live action, animated, stop motion, etc.

How scientifically accurate does our video need to be? 

Try to be as scientifically accurate as possible but we aren’t looking for documentaries! Try to keep your video fun and entertaining while educational!

What kind of videos are you looking for? 

That is completely up to you! The topics are broad so you have scope to be creative. Your videos can be funny or serious, simple or complex. Have a look at previous year’s videos for inspiration.

If we win, what do you suggest we spend our €1000 on?

That’s completely up to you! You could use the money to buy Scientific resources for the classroom, or go on a school trip to visit a Science-related site or event.

For older children, the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin or the Armagh Planetarium offer great events, exhibitions and workshops, while the Galway Atlantaquaria offer seashore fieldwork exercises for secondary school students of all ages.

For primary school students the Galway Atlantaquaria runs a Seashore Sensation project, including tours, lab experiments and even dissections! The Lifetime Lab in Cork offer Primary Science and Maths workshops and Dublin Zoo runs The Living Things Programme, Zoo Camps and workshops.

For lots more ideas, check out the list of Discover Centres at Discover Primary Science and Maths.


We are a group of scientists and science students from NUI Galway, who love communicating both our own research and science in general to our friends, colleagues and to the public. We are all involved in different outreach projects in schools, in the University and online, and have come together to launch this new video competition, the first of its kind in Ireland.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE was conceived by Dr. Enda O’Connell (Director) after winning the inaugural Irish “I’m a Scientist…get me out of here” science communication competition in 2012. The prizemoney from that win, along with further awards by the NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE Innovation Initiative (see if you can spot us in their launch video!) and the College of Science, as well as teaming up with Dr. Muriel Grenon and the Cell Explorers team, enabled us to launch ReelLIFE SCIENCE in Galway in 2013.

In 2014, supported by NUI Galway, the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme, the Biochemical SocietyVISICORTMedical Supply Company LtdCell Explorers, the Galway Science & Technology Forum, the Irish Science Teachers’ Association and Science Week, ReelLIFE SCIENCE was launched nationwide for the first time. In 2015, CÚRAM came on board to sponsor the Secondary School prize.

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