The eBiolabs Video Competition 2017

Winners of the eBiolabs Video Competition 2017 

At the University of Bristol we encourage our students to be creative and confident free thinkers and we work with them to help us develop the curriculum.  The video competition was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and the challenge was to create a short video to accompany a practical on eBiolabs. 

The brief was as follows:
The video should make science come alive for other students in a novel and interesting way. Winning videos will explain why the topics studied in an eBiolabs practical are important and how they relate to the natural world.  They don’t need to explain how to carry out scientific techniques because these are already taught in eBiolabs, but you might want to explain the underlying scientific principles as part of your story. There were diverse video entries covering topics such as anaesthetics, gene cloning, functional anatomy, sickle cell anaemia and oxidative phosphorylation, using wide range of video techniques.   

First place: Gene Cloning by Frankie Ellwood.
The judges were impressed by the clarity of the explanation of the subject matter combined with an excellent use of analogy. The use of computer-based animation was considered to be exemplary.

Interview with Frankie Ellwood and Gus Cameron


Second place: The diagnosis of sickle cell anaemia by Aimee Wilkinson.
Stop-motion and rostrum camera techniques were used to excellent effect to explain how sickle cell disease can be diagnosed in the lab.  The judges were impressed by the amount of information that was conveyed in an entertaining and accessible manner.

Third place: Oxidative Phosphorylation by Isabelle Cuthbert.
In this tour-de-force of stop-motion animation, soft toys are used to explain one of the most fascinating and important biochemical pathways.  The judges thought this video admirably fulfilled the brief to make the science come alive in a novel and interesting way.

In the Highly Commended category were Rui Zhi Shum for his video "Measurement of Local Anaesthetic Drug Effects on the Nerve Action Potentials" and Emily Grant for her entry on "CNS, Gross topography of skull, brain, meninges, CSF and blood supply."

We offer our hearty congratulations to the winners and thank all those who entered the competition.

A screenshot from eBiolabs showing experimental information
A student in the lab
Students in a practical lab session
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