1st BCI Science Slam at 7th Graz BCI Conference 2017

Sometimes it is challenging to understand the content of a scientific paper or to follow the reasoning of a scientific presentation. Ever had a similar experience?

Can you do better? Are you able to present your research project in a clear and comprehensible form? To the general public, not the BCI community?  In an entertaining manner? If so, then it seems you are a perfect candidate for the BCI Science Slam. If not, then you still should consider taking on this challenge and showcase your creativity and presentation skills!

The first BCI Science Slam is a satellite event that will be taking place at the end of the GBCIC2017. A Science Slam is a competition between researchers with the aim to explain to the general public their research project. No slides are allowed! You can, however, use props or audio material to support your storytelling. Participants have the benefit to promote their clear communication and entertainment skills! Both essential to scientists.

The winner of the BCI Science Slam gets the glory, and a cash price of 350,- Euro and a trophy sponsored by NIRX.

We accept applications until the end of July. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/dUMPJHitleWmQPzB2

More about the Conference: https://www.tugraz.at/institute/ine/graz-bci-conferences/graz-bci-conference-2017/

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And what are some of those big challenges?

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6. Brain-Computer Interface ("Mind over Matter") - Enable high function, minimally invasive brain to computer interfaces that can turn thought into action.

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