Royal College of Science Union

Join us online

for the Launch Event for the 2020/2021
competition on the
17th of December at 5PM!

You can view this year's judges and questions here:

Judges and Questions

The submission deadline is 21st February 2021 at 9PM.

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.

The Royal College of Science Union (RCSU) is the student union for students at Imperial College London who study at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

How to enter

Submit an entry in response to ONE of the questions of your choosing. Your entry must be in the format specified by the question. To be eligible to enter you must meet either one of the following requirements:

  • You are a current student at Imperial, at any level of study (undergraduate or postgraduate) and at any faculty.
  • You are in the last 4 years of secondary school (Y10-Y13 or equivalent), from any secondary school around the world.

Only one entry from each candidate will be accepted.

Please submit your entry through our website.

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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