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3 winners of Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition

Flore VILLARET       Benjamin JOURDY         JiHo SHIN


Winner #1                  Winner #2                     Winner #3


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Pitch Your Generation IV Research Competition



  • Are you a current PhD student or did you complete your PhD after January 1, 2019?
  • Is your research related to Generation IV Advanced Nuclear Energy systems?
  • Can you explain your research in three minutes?

If you answered yes to those questions, you may be interested in the Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition

Location: Virtual

Date: You can apply between February 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021 by submitting an executive summary of your research.

Cost: Free!

Scientific focus: Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems

Format: In order to enter the competition, participants are required to submit a one-page executive summary of their research.  A panel of experts (GIF Jury) will review the submittals and select up to 25 outstanding research projects based on their relevance to the GIF mission, originality, and significance.  Selected participants (finalists) will then be required to record a 3-minute video pitch in March 2021. The recorded videos will be publicly posted (e.g., YouTube) for 30 days to allow world-wide viewing and voting.  The public viewing of the pitches will begin in April 2021.  The GIF Jury will also judge the video pitches based on their creativity, communication effectiveness, and technical quality. The best pitches will be selected based on (1) the GIF Jury and (2) the popular voting.

Prizes: Winners will be selected in both the popular vote category and the GIF Jury category. Winners will be announced in May 2021.

• GIF Jury Category 
The first-place winner will be: 

(1) invited to present a webinar in 2021 as part of the GIF Education and Training Working Group webinar series, and

(2) invited to attend the next GIF Symposium planned in 2022 (travel expenses will be reimbursed on the OECD NEA basis). 

The second-place winner will be:
(1) invited to present a GIF webinar in 2022, and 

(2) invited to attend a future GIF meeting in their region.

• The Popular Vote Category 
The winner - Audience Favorite - will be invited to present a GIF webinar in 2022.

Who can enter: The Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition is open to a) currently enrolled PhD students and b) Post-Doctoral fellows and junior researchers who defended their Ph.D. after January 1, 2019. Your research must be related to GIF Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems and could be either an independent research project or one working with a research mentor.

Executive Summary submission: the executive summary should briefly describe the impact of the project in advancing GIF nuclear energy systems and the main achievements. If the project is the outcome of a group effort, participants should make sure to highlight their individual contributions. The executive summary is limited to 750 words and the language is English. One Figure or Table may be used but counts for 250 words. Participants should assume that the executive summary is a public document and it is their responsibility to obtain all necessary authorization to distribute the document.

Video recording: up to 25 outstanding participants who are selected will be invited to record a three-minute video pitch of their project. Visual support during the pitch is limited to 3 slides: (1) GIF Cover Slide, (2) Title, Author, and Affiliation Slide, and (3) Author’s choice. A template and further instructions for submittal of the video will be provided to the 25 selected participants.


Reminder of Review Criteria for “Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition”

  • Executive Summary

The Executive Summaries will be evaluated based on three criteria: Relevance, Originality, and
Significance. Each criterion will be scored on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high). As a means of calibrating scoring, the following interpretation is suggested:

  1. Relevance: this score should reflect the relevance of the research to Gen IV systems. Direct work on one or more of the Gen IV systems should be scored 5, no relevance should be scored 1, correlated topics but not directly part of GIF should be scored in between (e.g., reprocessing)
  2. Originality: this score should be determined on how new the research is to the field and to what the degree the author contributed to the research.
  3. Significance: this score is related to the degree to which the research will be groundbreaking viz a viz confirmatory in nature.
  • Video

The criteria for evaluating the videos are Creativity, Communication Effectiveness, and Technical
Quality. These criteria are applied to the presentation by the author (the Executive Summary has
already been judged so there is no need to repeat those criteria). The idea here is to judge the video as
it were being given to an audience of technical people. Each criterion will be scored on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high). As a means of calibrating scoring, the following interpretation is suggested:

  1. Creativity is judged on how creative the prestation is in capturing the attention of the audience.
  2. Communication Effectiveness is judged on how easy it is to understand the presentation for a technical audience (not a subject matter expert).
  3. Technical Quality is judged on how well the presentation showcases the technical findings of the research.


Important dates
February 1, 2021 - Executive summary submission opens
February 28, 2021 - Executive summary submission closes (no extension)
Mid March, 2021 - Finalists' selection is completed
March 28, 2021 - Video submission are due (no extension)
April 6, 2021 - Popular voting begins - YouTube
April 30, 2021 - Popular voting ends
May, 2021 - Winners are announced

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