Science POP – CRIR Internal Science Communication Competition | April 18, 2023

When: 18 April 2023 09:00 to 18 April 2023 16:00

Where: Event in presence in Montreal. Details to come.

Announcement of recipients here – April 18, 2023


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR) is pleased to have been selected to participate in the first edition of the provincial Science Communication Competiton Science POP.








Science POP is a Quebec-wide scientific communication competition brought forward by the IRCM and supported by the FRQS with the mission of promoting dialogue between science and society. Joining the Science POP initiative means developing skills in science communication and showing commitment to the community.

The Science POP initiative is part of a common vision of research institutions and funding agencies to put science to the benefit of society. In this spirit, this competition aims to awaken scientific curiosity in the general population of Quebec and to encourage the training of the next generation of scientists, beyond the laboratory experience: to pass on knowledge; to promote research; to be an actor of change.

The Science POP competition will develop across the province of Quebec in the form of internal competitions, held between April 1 and 30, 2023 by institutions devoted to Health Sciences research and to training graduate. The finalists from the 15 participating institutions, from across Quebec, will then advance to the grand finals at the provincial level organized by the IRCM in Montreal in May 2023.

Prizes The Science POP Finals – Internship offer to the winners
The Science POP Grand Finals will be held on May 27 and 28, 2023 at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM). The provincial winners will be offered, in addition to a cash prize, the opportunity to do a discovery internship in scientific communication with one of the Science POP partners.



When: April 18, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) | Hybrid mode
Where: The competition is presented in person at the Le Groupe Maurice Amphitheatre of IUGM Research Centre (Montreal), of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CCSMTL) and can also be attended online, on Zoom.

Access and coordinates of the Le Groupe Maurice Amphitheatre:

  • By public transportation: metro station: Côte-des-Neiges or Snowdon | Bus 51 or 166.
  • By car: 10 minutes from the Lindsay and Gingras pavilions of the IURDPM
  • Addresses: CRIUGM: 4545 Queen Mary Road (front parking lot) – Entrance through the « RECHERCHE Santé Vieillissement » door or IUGM: 4565 Queen Mary Road (rear parking lot) – Entrance through the « Entrée des visiteurs – Centre ambulatoire » door.
  • Paid parking ($10.25). You can also park on the neighbouring street “Cedar-Crescent”.


Register here | Deadline to attend in person the competition: April 3, 2023. 

Hurry! Only 100 places available in person.

All about the competition, click here


December 2022:
Launch of the CRIR’s Internal Scientific Communication Competition | April 18, 2023

  • The competition is open to CRIR students at the Master’s, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
  • All details, registration forms to participate in the challenges and to attend the event are on the website: Science POP – CRIR Internal Competition

The organizing committee of the CRIR internal competition, mainly composed of members of the CRIR student committee, will be pleased to welcome you for the CRIR science communication competition on April 18, 2023, in Montréal.

CRIR students at the master, doctoral and post-doctoral levels are invited to submit a presentation for one or more science communication challenges created by Science POP. The winner of each of the CRIR internal competition challenges will automatically become a finalist in the Science POP provincial grand finale. Finalists from the 15 participating institutions will be required to compete in person, in front of a diverse audience and jury members in Montreal at the end of May. The presentations will be broadcast live online, allowing anyone to attend, regardless of where they live.

  • Prizes will be offered at the CRIR internal competition.
  • The general public is invited to contribute its expertise to the competition as a member of a jury, and to attend the presentations to learn about health research and appreciate the benefits and spin-offs of scientific research. 


Preparatory workshops – Before the CRIR internal competition:

Participants who wish to obtain advice on their presentation at Science POP will be able to register for online training workshops, given by specialists in communication, science popularization and/or journalism.

These workshops will be free and offered in both languages (French and English) on the following dates:

  • Popularization challenge: March 8 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (FR) – March 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EN)
  • Valorization challenge: March 16 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (FR) – March 17 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (EN)
  • Mobilization challenge: March 6 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (FR) – March 20 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EN)

? Places for the training workshops are limited to those registered for a challenge in the CRIR internal competition and the 15 participating institutions.
? Registration for training workshops required BEFORE FEBRUARY 24 by clicking on this link:


Please come back regularly on the Science POP – CRIR Internal Competition website for full event details, including:

  • Prizes to be won
  • Schedule
  • Participants’ presentations

To learn more about CRIR, visit

The Scientific Direction and members of the CRIR Student Committee


Challenges offered:

To participate in CRIR’s internal competition, you will need to submit a presentation for one or more science communication challenges. However, only one challenge will be evaluated for the competition.

Discover each of the challenges by clicking on these links :

Popularization Challenge: Explain a central element of your research project  ⏳ 5 minutes
Valorization Challenge: Highlight the benefits of your research project  ⏳ 2 minutes
Mobilization Challenge: Showcase your personal commitment to sustainable health  ⏳ 10 minutes

Anyone eligible to participate in the competition who wishes to complete a challenge is invited to consult the Information about the challenges for further details.



Call for papers | Instructions for submitting a presentation

The call for applications will be announced to CRIR student members via email, social media, and via the CRIR Competition website, powered by Fourwaves, in January 19, 2023. 

? Deadline to submit a presentation: February 19, 11:30 pm.
? CRIR Internal Competition: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Montreal.

The CRIR students are invited to visit the CRIR Internal Competition website, Form | Pick a Challenge tab, to familiarize themselves with the form before submitting their presentation. Please note that each person submitting a presentation must also complete the Registration | Attend in the Event form.


You must be a CRIR student member.

The title must not exceed 10 words.
? You must indicate your full name, your ongoing training level and the name of  affiliated.
? The description of your presentation (body of your submission) must not exceed 150 words.

IMPORTANT: In contrast to a traditional scientific abstract, it is crucial to put aside jargon and the typical Introduction – Purpose – Results – Conclusion structure. Don’t summarize all the aspects you will cover in your presentation. Instead, try to catch the readers’ attention by sparking their curiosity and making them want to know more.

Check out:
? Attachment: Instructions and examples: how to prepare your presentation


Main steps of the competition

  1. Registration to attend the CRIR Internal Competition opens: December 8, 2022;
  2. Call for papers for the CRIR Internal Competition opens: January 19, 2023;
  3. Call for papers ends: February 19, 2023, 11:30 pm;
  4. Training of the participants through preparatory workshops* offered by Science POP (details to come – March 2023);
  5. CRIR internal competition: April 18, 2023;
  6. The Science POP Provincial Final will be held on May 27 and 28, 2023 at the IRCM in Montreal.


Volunteer recruitement

CRIR needs you!
The organization of a scientific communication event for the general public involves many facets (organization of the event, member of the evaluation committee, animation, various services on the day of the event such as: reception and organization of logistics, translation, photographer, cameraman), etc.

Would you like to get involved?

See the examples under the Become a volunteer tab on the CRIR competition website and contact the CRIR student committee at and to offer your services or to find out about the possibilities available to you!

Sincere thanks to our partner:

Science POP

The Montreal Clinical Research Institute (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal; IRCM) is proud to welcome CRIR to the Science POP competition, 2022-2023 edition!

For all details pertaining to the Quebec-wide initiative that is Science POP, check out To keep track of the developments across the province, follow the hashtag #sciencepop keyword on Twitter!

Science POP is a Quebec-wide initiative proposed by the IRCM and promoted by the FRQS, with the objective of promoting science-society dialogue.