Students or postdoctoral fellows participating in a research initiative funded by Sentinel North (projects, chairs, scholarships, Joint International Research Units, etc.) are invited to participate.
Finalists will be presented at the Sentinel North Scientific Conferences on March 18 and April 1st, 2021.
The winners will receive the following prizes:
- 1st prize: $1000
- 2nd prize: $500
- 3rd prize: $250
- Honorable mentions: $125
Criteria and selection process
The research results presented must clearly fit in the Sentinel North research program, as illustrated by its conceptual framework. Emphasis should be put on the communication of results; this is not a project presentation. The videos will be evaluated by a selection committee according to the following criteria:
- Contextualization of the project and results within the scope of Sentinel North
- Structure and content: context, hypothesis and objectives, methodology, presentation of results obtained, conclusions and recommendations, clarity and fluidity of content
- Quality of the visual support: attractiveness of the presentation, quality of the figures or animations used, quality of the written language
- Speaker quality: dynamic presentation, quality of popularization for a multidisciplinary audience, mastery of the topic
Guidelines for the video
Language: French or English. Submitted videos may be posted on the Sentinel North website. An English version (or subtitled in English) will allow for better visibility.
Duration: 7 to 10 minutes
Audience: Multidisciplinary research community
- Recommended resolution: 1920x1080 pixels, 16:9 ratio
- File format: MP4 (preferred) or MOV
- Maximum file size: 2 GB
Sound and picture:
- Keep ambient noise to a minimum and use a microphone if possible (airpods or other).
- If you are filming yourself, make sure you have a neutral background and good lighting without backlighting; remember that the video could later be broadcast on the Web.
- The video must not contain music, photos or videos that are not free of rights or for which credits are not indicated.
- Make sure your visual support (text, font size, graphics) is suitable for display on a computer screen or tablet.
You are free to choose the video presentation style of your choice. Several tools are available to record a more conventional scientific presentation (speaker and slides):
- How to properly present PowerPoint slides in Zoom
- How to Make a Video in PowerPoint - ppt to video (in Windows)
- Prezi Video
- Add video and audio in Keynote on Mac
You may also use video editing software to enrich your presentation with effects or animations.
Tips for a successful scientific presentation
- 10 Tips For Giving Effective Virtual Presentations
- Best Practices For Virtual Presentations: 15 Expert Tips That Work For Everyone
- Scientific presentations: A cheat sheet
- TED's secret to great public speaking
- Make Better Virtual Keynotes
- DaVinci Resolve (free)
- iMovie (free)
- Olive video editor (free)
- OpenShot (free)
- Adobe Premiere (chargeable)
- Final Cut (chargeable)
- Screencast-O-Matic Deluxe (free access for UL students)
Royalty-free images and videos
- Google Images (using filters: Tools/Usage rights/Creative Commons Licenses). Learn more about Creative Commons Licenses.
- Pixabay (free)
- YouTube Audio Library (free)
- Epidemic sound (chargeable)
- Storyblocks (chargeable)
Send us your video
Please provide the following information in the application form:
- Full name
- Université Laval department
- Name of the project funded by Sentinel North
- Research Director or Supervisor
- Title of the video
- Abstract of the project and results (400 words)
- Video uploaded to Dropbox