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My Northern Project | We are adapting our concept to keep the contest going

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Good news! In theses times of social distancing, we have chosen to adapt the concept of our popularization contest to allow you to present your work from the comfort of your home.

The new rules of the game:

  1. You must present your northern research project to a general audience in a five-minute video
  2. You are free to choose the format of the presentation, but you must be the principal speaker in your video
  3. The deadline for submitting your video is May 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm

The rules that remain:

  1. You must be a student enrolled in a Master's* or PhD program
  2. Naturally, only research projects with a northern or Arctic theme are eligible
  3. The video must be in French

*For Master's students, you must have completed the analysis of the field data associated with your project.

Remember, this competition is adapted to the realities imposed by social distancing. At no time should you have to get together or meet individuals in person, be creative!

Grand prize | Two scenarios are being considered depending on the situation surrounding COVID-19  

  1. Between four and six student-presentations will be selected by a jury. These students will represent Quebec at the international finals of My Northern Project, which will take place during the Arctic Circle Assembly. The students selected to participate in the international final of the competition will have to present their northern research project to the Arctic Circle Assembly audience in English in five minutes or less.


  1. INQ will award five $1,000 bursaries to the creators of the five best videos selected by the jury. The five videos will also be screened during the next edition of INQ’s Northern Days. Finally, the winners will be able to take part, free of charge, in the next edition of the Introduction to Northern Research and Issues training.

Jury selection criteria

The jury will select participants according to the following criteria:

  • Clarity and ease of presentation
  • Scientific popularization of the subject
  • Respect of time and technical criteria
  • Structure and content of the presentation
  • General appreciation

It should be noted that the jury will pay particular attention to the content of the video and will not award points for audio-visual editing so that the greatest number of students, regardless of their knowledge in the audio-visual field, can participate. However, special attention must be paid to the sound and image quality of the video.

People's choice award

In May, all of the videos received will be published on our Facebook page and website. INQ will award a $500 prize to the creator of the video with the most likes and shares in the first 48 hours following its publication. The order of publication will be determined by random draw. No videos will be published between Friday and Sunday.

How to participate ? MPN-2020


Before 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2020, please send the following to

  • Your video
  • Your full name
  • Program of study
  • University affiliation
  • Email address
  • Title of your research project
  • Project summary (300 words)
  • A captivating text (maximum of 100 words) to introduce your video when it is published on our Facebook page (no clickbait, be relevant!). INQ reserves the right to modify this text if deemed necessary
  • Name of your research director
  • Approval email from your research director

Technical specifications should be adapted for Internet viewing (but honestly, while confined at home, using your cell phone camera in selfie mode will suffice).

  • Image : 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Suggested format: H264 (MP4)
  • Sound : Make sure it's clear



Photo : Andréanne Beardsell

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