ISHS ideas contest

Rationale and project aimHarnessing the creativity of the young minds - ISHS Ideas Contest

The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) aims at capturing your creative and forward-directed ideas and thoughts to develop in strong consonance with you some inventive promotional material that encapsulates the many exciting opportunities in horticultural sciences and in engaging with our Society.

Students, postdocs and young scientists (age limit of 35 years) from all over the globe are invited to provide an eye-catching and inspirational video clip of less than 5 minutes to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • the attraction, beauty and diversity of horticultural sciences;
  • your motivation, interest and curiosity towards horticultural sciences;
  • the richness of career opportunities in horticultural sciences;
  • potential benefits of being a member of the ISHS.

The ISHS Ideas Contest is running from October 1, 2016 until July 31, 2017.

Submission Process  Submission Process - how to participate in the ISHS ideas contest
  • Create your video clip or film.
  • Upload it to Vimeo at http://www.vimeo.com (link opens in a new window) in a Vimeo-friendly format.
  • Turn on downloading capability in Vimeo for the video, so we can download your submission.
  • Password protect your submission on Vimeo with the all caps password "YOUNGMINDS".
  • Fill out the contact form at http://www.ishs.org/contact-ishs indicating (1) your full address and contact details, (2) the name of the video and (3) the Vimeo link to your video (privacy password should be set as "YOUNGMINDS").
  • Make sure you have obtained permission for all people, places, and music featured in your film and that your film is strictly not longer than 5 minutes!
  • Only consider your submission valid after you receive of an email confirmation from ISHS (allow up to 5 working days to receive a confirmation email).
Terms and conditions

A professionally qualified and broadly based committee will evaluate all contributions. Focus is placed on constructive, innovative solutions for overcoming existing barriers and attracting young minds to the beauty of horticultural sciences and society engagement. The committee assesses the following evaluation criteria:

  • closeness of the content to reality;
  • richness of ideas;
  • creativity and originality;
  • persuasiveness of arguments, particularly appealing to young people;
  • feasibility;
  • applicability of ideas to many locations/ situations.

The ISHS reserves the rights to use the submitted materials for its own purposes.

The person or group with the best contributions from each continent will be invited to join the Norm Looney Early Scientist Task Force, to become ambassadors of the ISHS and to work closely aligned with the Board and Executive Committee of the ISHS. The members on the Norm Looney Early Scientist Task Force will be announced at the 30th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018) in Istanbul in August 2018.

Some remarks and tips
  • Just because you can submit up to 5 minutes of video doesn't necessarily mean you should. Ask yourself, "What is the simplest way I can tell this story?" Then, add more if you can't resist. This will help you focus on what is truly important and keep your audience engaged.
  • We understand science and horticulture comes before filmmaking on your hobby list — we're not looking for Hollywood here. We are, however, looking for videos that will look and sound good. If you can, use a tripod and an external mic. If you can't, have your actors speak close to your on-camera mic and use a natural tripod like a tree limb or your friend's shoulder.
  • Check out https://vimeo.com/blog/category/video-school/tag:video+101 (link opens in a new window) for some good technical tips.
  • Show, don't tell! Film is visual medium — you'll capture your audience's attention by keeping the voice-over and dialogue short and sweet.
  • Think global: this is an international contest, and so is the ISHS audience. Try to bring a message that people in different corners of the world can connect with.
  • Tell us a story only YOU can tell: try to be inventive - what story can you tell that hasn't been told yet?

Return to the ISHS YoungMinds landing page or go to the ISHS Questionnaire page