Postdoc Slam

Postdoc Slam


2020 Postdoc Slam Competition

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Conference will host the inaugural Postdoc Slam, August 18th, 2020,  3:45 – 5pm in Turner Concourse on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus. Postdocs will have 5 minutes to present with no limitations on slides, style, or visual aids.

Registration: Open

How to Apply

The application process for the Postdoc Slam involves a presentation pitch, which can be either uploaded as a video, or presented in-person on August 4th, 2020. The same registration process is utilized for both options. Registration deadline: August 3rd, 2020.

The rules for the application presentation are as follows:

  1. The presentation shall not exceed 1 min
  2. No slides are required
  3. The Judging Criteria (section below) is the same as the competition presentation

As the application presentation is only 1 minute maximum, we do not expect all points within the Judging Criteria to be covered. As such, the selection process will focus on 2 big categories:

  • Are you able to explain in an understandable manner why your research is important (Comprehension and Content)?
  • Are you able to capture attention (Engagement and Communication), leaving the reviewers wanting to know more about your project?

Training Opportunities

In conjunction with the graduate student 3MT (three minute thesis), PDCO offers multiple in-person training opportunities for trainees to learn how to professionally present their research. Participation in these sessions is not required for competition, but it is highly encouraged. Note: The rules for 3MT are different than for the Postdoc Slam; even so, the workshop can help with presentation tips for public speaking and more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Workshop (3MT)

East Baltimore: March 5, 12-1pm. Pre-Clinical Teaching Building Room 113. This session will be available virtually. Register

Homewood: March 3, 1-3pm. Shriver Hall Board Room. Register


All postdocs with an appointment at JHU are eligible. Winners of the JHPDC 2019 oral presentation are not eligible.

Prize Information

  • Winner: $1000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • People’s Choice: $250, in-person vote by audience members


Competition Rules:

  • Presentations are limited to 5 minutes maximum
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content:

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the scientific topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?