evolution through a lens


Congrats to the winners of the NESCent evolution film festival!

Nearly 150 people viewed and voted on their favorite films in a standing-room-only event on Monday June 20th at the Evolution meetings in Norman, Oklahoma. The event was a huge success.  People were sitting on the floors and spilling out the doors, all the popcorn disappeared in a flash and we got tons of comments from people about how much they LOVED the films.

We announced and screened the winners at the conference’s closing banquet. First place went to “Cold-blooded cannibals,” a short film by Nate Dappen of the University of Miami – Florida and Joris van Alphen of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity (Naturalis). Our runner up was “Why don’t you teach evolution?” a computer-animated video by Katie Lotterhos of Florida State University.

Both the winner and runner-up were made by graduate students, and every submission got at least one first place vote. Thanks to our filmmakers for some fabulous films.

We hope to make this an annual event, so please consider submitting a film for next year’s evolution film festival in Ottowa!


Thanks for your entries!

Thanks for your entries! The 2011 NESCent Evolution Film Festival is now closed.
We’ll be screening the finalists at this year’s Evolution meeting in Oklahoma.
Come to the film festival to view and vote on your favorites!
Monday 6/27 6:30-7:30 in Boomer Rm A&B
Embassy Suites Conference Center, Norman, OK

Video Contest Information

Call for entries: NESCent announces Evolution Video Contest

Application deadline: Friday June 10, 2011

Submit your best evolution-themed video for screening at this year’s Evolution meeting!

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) invites scientists of all stripes — graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty — to enter the first annual Evolution Video Competition. To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in three minutes or less. Entries may be related or unrelated to your own research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom (K-12, undergraduate, graduate…your choice). Videos should be both informative and entertaining. (In other words, no taped lectures or narrated Powerpoint presentations!) Animations, music videos, and mini documentaries are all fair game. To enter your video, please complete our online registration form.

More information coming soon.