Royal College of Science Union

The 2019/2020 competition will open on December 5th.

Join us at the launch event to learn more about the competition, find out this year's questions and meet the judges! Register now:

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Welcome to the RCSU Science Challenge

The Science Challenge is the Royal College of Science Union's (RCSU) annual science communication competition. Requiring entrants to demonstrate their skills in scientific debate and reasoning, the Science Challenge tests the ability of today's young scientists to teach the public about the science that affects their lives.

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Science Challenge 2019 Launch Event Full Video

Lord Robert Winston (Science Challenge Ambassador) on the theme A.I. & Natural Science

Post-Launch interview with students

What are this year's prizes?


With a top prize of £1000 cash, the stakes are high for this year's competition!

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Previous years' winners


Need some inspiration for writing an award winning essay? Or maybe you are just curious about last year's competition. We've uploaded last year's winning essays for you to browse and enjoy.

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Do you represent a school?


We are very keen for schools to take part in the Science Challenge, both at the launch and at the competition itself. If you are a member of staff at a school, read our information on the competition and how to get your school involved.

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