The FEBS Journal Creative Communication Competition 2021: ‘My PhD in a nutshell’

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Are you an enthusiastic and creative early-career scientist who is keen to tell others about your research project? Do you conduct research in any of the areas mentioned below, and/or work using interdisciplinary approaches?

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Enzymology and Chemical Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Mechanisms in Health and Disease
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Pathogens and Infection
  • Proteomics
  • Signal Transduction
  • Stem Cells
  • Structural Biology
  • Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology

If the answer is yes, then you will be thrilled to know about The FEBS Journal’s latest creative competition: ‘My PhD in a nutshell’!

The goal of this competition is to highlight your research project in a creative and engaging way, through text, artwork or another form of media. Whether it is through an essay that beautifully recapitulates the research project, an original image or illustration (cartoon, poster, photo) or a video, you are welcome to submit your entries in this celebration of science!


The winning entry will be awarded 500€ and runner-up prizes of 300€ and 200€ will be awarded for second and third place, respectively.



Please submit your entries by Monday August 16th, 2021.


Who can participate?

Entries from any early-career scientist (somebody who is within 4 years of obtaining their PhD) working in a field relevant to the journal’s scope will be considered.


How to submit?

Send your entry to The FEBS Journal editorial team at, ensuring that your email bears the subject heading ‘Creative Competition: My PhD in a nutshell’. Large files can be sent using a file transfer system such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.

On the cover: Cells under a microscope (Research of stem cells - cellular therapy - cell division. Vector illustration on a light background). This is a stock image obtained from Shutterstock (ID: 1853421253) with credit to MarySan.

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