Postdoc Slam

Postdoc Slam


2021 Postdoc Slam Competition

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Conference will host the inaugural Postdoc Slam, April 22nd, 2021,  4:00pm – 5:00pm. Postdocs will have 5 minutes to present with no limitations on slides, style, or visual aids.

Following registration, there will be an online training session on how to present your research in the format of a Slam on April 13th 2021. Time TBD. 

Not all registrants for the postdoc slam will be selected for competition. All presenting slammers will be informed if they were chosen to present or not by April 9th, 2021. 

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your submissions! The deadline for abstract and postdoc slam submissions has now passed, so we are no longer accepting additional submissions. Conference registration is now closed.

How to Apply

The application process for the Postdoc Slam involves a presentation pitch, which must be uploaded as a video. The same registration process is utilized as for conference registration. Registration deadline: April 8th, 2021.

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 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?

All postdocs are eligible.

Prize Information

  • Winner: $1000


Competition Rules:

  • Presentations are limited to 5 minutes maximum
  • 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 presentation 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, vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide (or other presentation aids) enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?