At June's RFG2018 conference we interviewed more than 30 student researchers about their work as part of the Data Speaks! storytelling contest. We challenged them to explain their research and data in common terms that anyone could understand in five minutes or less. Every one of them delivered with passion, positivity, and with great understanding of the real-world context their work applies in.
Our Seequent judges had a tough time choosing winners from the pool of high-calibre interviews uploaded to our YouTube channel. Ultimately the top five received cash prizes on the final day of the RFG2018 conference, and we plan to follow their work as it progresses.
It's vitally important that when industry or government discuss how to use natural resources and how to develop water and energy management strategies, that they use reliable scientific data to make sustainable, smart decisions. That's what these student researchers at RFG 2018 were there to contribute, and why we wanted to support and reward the communication of their work through this contest.
FIRST PLACE: Evelyn Freres talks about data reliability and what it means for ALL science researchers.
Other prize winners
2nd place - Adebayo Ojo uses an egg to explain seismicity and plate tectonics.
3rd place - Mark Klapheke talks about finding ways to discover new ore deposits in hard to reach places.
4th place - Antonina Calahorrano-Di Patre explains how gravitational changes could indicate volcanic eruptions ahead of time and save lives.
5th place - Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Mustafa tells us how her work in Iron Ore geochemistry could help preserve this important resource for use by future generations.
Watch all the contestant videos on Seequent YouTube
Thanks again to all the participants for sharing your work and contributing to better decisions about resources for future generations!