Sometimes even the most well-intentioned science communicators need a little incentive. The Center for Media and Interactivity at Justus Liebig University provides just such an incentive with their competition Performing Science 2011. The goal of this contest is to recognize scientists and other academics for true performances that incorporate modern technology and that entertain even as they instruct. And the best performance is rewarded – to the tune of 5,000 euros!
I think this contest raises some interesting points. Should we strive to entertain during our talks? What is the difference between a talk and a performance? When we enter the public arena, are we performing? What do you think?