GBV Science Fair

The Global Women’s Institute and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) are partnering to promote safe and ethical Gender-Based Violence (GBV) research.  The GBV Science Fair offers opportunities for your research to reach a global audience and have the potential to win prizes. To enter, simply create a short video abstract about your research during or after SVRI. Entries will be accepted until March 1, 2016!

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View this year's entries.


Three videos will then be selected by an expert panel to receive a special prize to advance their research. The first place winner will receive free registration to the 2017 SVRI Forum and free lodging for the duration of the event. The second and third place winners will receive free registration to the 2017 SVRI Forum. Science Fair entries can also be considered for prizes in the cross-disciplinary 5-Minute Science Fair which will start taking 2016 entries this winter. All winners will have the opportunity to have their research fully disseminated in different important spaces.


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Selection of Judges

Five experts in the field of Gender-based Violence (GBV) are chosen to decide the winners of the online GBV Science Fair.  The judges score the individual videos according to the judging criteria outlined below to arrive at a group of finalist videos. The judges gather and discuss the results to verify they reflect the criteria and purpose of the GBV Science fair which seeks to encourage researchers to consolidate their ideas, crystalize their research discoveries, and share those broadly with the world.


Judging Criteria

Innovation – Does the research help to significantly advance the discipline (e.g., technically, theoretically, methodologically)? Does it touch upon an area of research or population that has not been previously explored and documented?  Does the research open a new area of understanding related to GBV? Would funding this researcher(s) advance research from historically underfunded research groups?

Application – Does the research have practical applications (e.g., for society, for multiple settings, for other disciplines and types of violence, for other researchers)?

Ethical Considerations – Is the research being carried out in an ethical manner?  

Comprehension -- Did the video help the viewers understand the research (including the methods, findings, and applications)?


1. Video presentations are limited to a maximum of 5 minutes. Submissions exceeding 5 minutes are automatically disqualified (with a 10 second grace period for turning on and off the recorder).

2. All submissions must be pinned to and have a completed entry form (below) by March 1, 2016.

3. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).

4. All decisions of the review panel are final. 

5. You may submit multiple entries. All entries are considered in the "Best in Fair" competition.  Only entries that indicate a specific discipline or topic area in the Entry Form will be eligible for prizes in those areas.  If an entry is considered a winner for both a "Best in Fair" and a topic area prize, the prize of greater value will be awarded to that winner.

6. All winning entries will be required to provide documentation validating the authenticity of the research.

How to Enter

1. To enter, create a video abstract on your research.

2. Post the video abstract to following the provided instructions.

3. Complete an official entry form below: 

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