PsychSlam is a science communication competition for Transition Year students run by the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. In 2021, PsychSlam will take place online, with the final on 26 May. Through PsychSlam, students explore fun and interesting psychological topics ranging from the neuroscience of love to fake news and whether social media can increase isolation. Students gain valuable experience, learn new skills in public speaking and science communication and develop their knowledge of a diverse range of scientific topics.
PsychSlam allows schools to enter with one team of six students. A fun and challenging aspect of the competition is that each team must use the Pecha Kucha method of presentation. This involves the use of 20 slides, each of which is presented for only 20 seconds. On the day, presentations are judged on the accuracy of their content, the clarity of the presentation, and the charisma of the presenters. The PsychSlam judges award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to the best presentations, and the audience vote is decided by students and teachers who vote for their favourite presentation of the day!
- March 15th: Online training site opens
- March 25: Live online training event
- April 30: Deadline for submissions
- 14 May: Finalists announced
- 26 May: Live online final (with pre-recorded presentations)
PsychSlam 2021 is managed by the UCC School of Applied Psychology, including our FameLab alumnus, Gillian Murphy. It is proudly supported by FameLab Ireland and British Council Ireland.