Naturally Speaking PhD Blog Post Competition

Naturally Speaking would like to invite PhD students within the Institute of Biodiversity and Animal Health to write a blog post for our Naturally Speaking Blog Post Competition!

The David Searle Prize will be given to the best blog post in one of the following categories:

People’s Choice
Selected by the public based on online voting through the Naturally Speaking Website

Naturally Speaking Choice
Selected by the NS Blog Editorial Team and the PGR convenors based on the following:

  • Originality
  • Quality of writing
  • Good narrative

Each winner will receive a cash prize of £80 pounds!


  1. Open to ALL Ph.D. students (IBAHCM only)
  2. The subject should be focused on science (do not need to be limited to your research) but written in a non-scientific way for the general public
  3. The text should have between 500-1500 words
  4. Follow the Blog-Working Template.docx Blog-Working Template
  5. The blog post should be sent to Ana Costa:
  6. NS Blog posts published by PhD students after July 2019 will also be considered for the competition

This is a fantastic opportunity to get experience in science communication and it will be also good for your professional development and CV!

Update 17 April 2020: Given the current situation we have decided to extend  the deadline until the autumn semester and the closing date will be announced in due course. We are still accepting submissions and are happy to provide comments on your work.  Stay safe!