The Flame Challengeā„¢ 2018 – What is Climate?

December 5th, 2017

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University has announced the question issued to scientists for The Flame Challengeā„¢ 2018 – What is Climate? 

Contest registration for scientists and student judges opens December 18, 2017.
Sign up for email updates about The Flame Challengeā„¢.

This international contest challenges scientists at every level – from graduate students to senior researchers – to communicate familiar yet complex concepts in ways that are understandable to an 11-year-old. These submissions then make their way to classrooms of 5th and 6th graders from all over the globe who review them and decide the winners. Entries can be submitted in one of three categories: written, graphic, or video


The Flame Challengeā„¢ offers a $1,000 cash prize for scientists in each of the three categories. The winning scientists will also receive a trip to New York City (includes airfare and accommodations for two nights), where they will meet Alan Alda and be honored at the World Science Festival.


This year boasts new opportunities for scientists to prepare for the contesand exercise their skills. In addition to public recognition for the six finalists and prizes for the three winners, all participating scientists will have the benefit of a communication training series designed specifically for scientists entering The Flame Challengeā„¢ in 2018. The training videos will help scientists tackle many of the common obstacles to clear and vivid communication. Each comes with follow-up challenges by Alda Center instructors and past Flame Challenge winners to help scientists stretch and grow.


Please visit for more information and to sign up for email alerts about upcoming events, entering the contest (for scientists), and registering your fifth/sixth grade class as contest judges (for teachers).