The 2020 Competition for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS)

Applications must be received by December 16, 2019 (11:59pm PT)

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The 2020 Competition for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS)

A partnership of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology

Are you a graduate student or postdoc in any field of biology with a research story that you want to share with the world? Do you want to learn how to give one of the best science talks of your career?

The application for the 2020 Young Scientist Seminars is now open! Click HERE to submit your application. Access a PDF version of the application questions HERE.


The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features early-career scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public. Applications must be received by December 16, 2019 (11:59pm PT) to be considered.


This is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to develop their communication skills and showcase their work!


U.S. and international pre-doctoral graduate students (i.e. PhD candidates) and post-doctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences are eligible to apply. Although you are not required to be a PhD candidate to be eligible for the competition, your research story should be close to publication or have been recently published.

Application Details

Each application must include:

Selection Process

The winners will be selected in two phases.

Phase 1 – Finalist Selection: Ten to twenty finalists will be chosen based on their submitted application materials (details and application link above).

Phase 2 – Winner Selection: Finalists will give a 20-minute audition talk in English using videoconference to iBiology staff. Information about the 20-minute talk, including the deadline and guidelines, will be supplied to the finalists before the audition. Four winners will be selected from the pool of finalists, based on both the science and clarity of the talks.

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The Young Scientist Seminars are funded by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, which accelerates support for medical research through recognition of scientific excellence, public education, and advocacy. The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science leads the training for the four winners, in collaboration with iBiology.