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Science outreach competition of the

Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants





My Plant Protection Project in 180 seconds or QSPP180 is a science outreach competition organized by the Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants (QSPP). The goal of the competition is a live performance of 3 min (180 seconds) presenting a research project related to plant protection to the public. The objective is to promote the Society's fields of interest (entomology, nematology, weed science and plant pathology) and encourage students to participate through scholarships. Eligible students must use a single slide (ppt or poster) for a live performance during the QSPP annual meeting at McGill University on June 8, 2017.  It will be evaluated by a jury according to the evaluation criteria of the competition and submitted to a public vote.


Be registered full-time in a graduate degree program (Masters or PhD) in a Québec university and have a research project directly related to plant protection (plant pathology, nematology, entomology or weed science);


Be registered full-time in a biology-related program (agronomy, biological sciences, ecology, etc.) and have completed an internship in the laboratory of a QSPP member (in this case, a letter of support must be provided).

Be a member of the Society

Be registered at the meeting


Interested candidates should send a proof of studentship in one of the above-mentioned program and the following information:

- First and last names

- Title

- Name of supervisor

All candidates need to be valid members of the Society at the time of registration.

Visual presentation should consist of a single slide without animation and submitted in electronic format (.ppt ou .pdf) to the organizers on or before June 8, 2017. 

Participants should contact Josyanne Lamarche (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before the competition closing date.


Participants will have until April 28 May 5, 2017 at noon EST to register.


1. Topic (10 points)
Was the topic related to plant protection? (e.g. entomology, nematology, plant pathology or weed science in agricultural, forestry or horticulture.)

2. Outreach (15 points)
Were the issues, concepts, hypotheses, and scientific approach described in plain language? Were the remarks illustrated with concrete or humorous examples within reach of the audience?

3. Communication and multimedia (10 points)
Was the presentation easy to follow?
Did the candidate articulate well and have an appropriate speaking pace?
Did the use of multimedia tools help to facilitate understanding?
Note: a penalty of 5 points will be applied if time is exceeded


Jury and awards
A jury will be appointed by the Board of Directors of the Society. Winners will be announced during the banquet on June 8, 2017.


Two awards will be given by the QSPP for the best presentations:

Prize of the jury: 300$
Public prize of 200$

Terms and remarks

The performance could be recorded and the resulting videos become the property of the Society.
These videos coud be used to promote the Society.


Visit sppq.qc.ca or send an email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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