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Science Communication YouTuber Challenge

Science Communication YouTuber Challenge

Currio's Science Co-Host Search Contest

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Online Briefing Session

Briefing Presentation Slides


About the competitionEligibilityRegistration and SelectionAwards and AnnouncementEnrol Here
Important DatesPanel MembersRules of CompetitionView Chinese Version (PDF)



About the CompetitionHKU Science Currio

Amused by how our mascot Currio the Science Owl hosts our popular science programme? Dare to take the challenge and promote science literacy like Currio? Now you have got the chance! Join us at the Science Communication Video Contest and compete for the co-host of our fun science programme Q&A with Currio at our YouTube Channel.


Science in 5 Minutes

Leverage the power of storytelling and give your talk on any science topic in 5 minutes, be it an emerging science issue or popular science. The talk should be delivered in layman, informing and engaging the community about why science matters. Your audience is everyone. One challenging rule for the competition is that selected contestants will have to co-host with our VTuber Currio. Be a true Science Communicator and help bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and the general public.

Your Selected Topic

  • Pick the most important science issue that concerns you
  • Elaborate the science behind the issue
  • Explain why you think it is important to humanity
  • Present your story in a fun and engaging way
  • Use layman’s term in your story for the public audience to understand your science

For examples of possible topics, please refer to our online video briefing to be conducted on February 19, 2024.


The presentation is about 5 minutes and can be conducted in either English or Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin).


Students with research experience are also welcome to talk about their research of great public attachment and interest.



The contest is open to both HKU students and secondary school students in the following groups: 
  • HKU Group (all HKU full-time students)
  • Secondary School Group (all Hong Kong secondary school students)

 Each Contestant can submit only ONE entry.


Registration and Selection

First-round Selection

StepsActions for ContestantsWhat You Need to Know
Step 1Pick any science topic of your choice.The purpose of the script is to facilitate a conversation with our ambassador, Currio, who will act as the moderator during the discussion. It is important to note that the responsibility of explaining the science topic will fall on the contestants. Take a glance at Currio’s channel ‘Q&A in Science’ here.
Step 2

Curate content for  

  1. a 5-minute script in either English or Chinese and
  2. prepare a 30-second voice recording in MP3 format, explaining why they opted the chosen topic to the Faculty Publicity & Outreach Team.
Step 3

Enrol in the competition below, and upload your script and MP3 file to enrolment platform. 

  1. HKU Group (all HKU full-time students)
  2. Secondary School Group
    (all Hong Kong secondary school students)

Submissions must be on time to be accepted, and the deadlines for the two groups are:

HKU Group: April 30, 2024 (postponed to May 10, 2024)
Secondary School Group:
May 10, 2024


Second-round Selection

StepsActions for EntrantsWhat You Need to Know
Step 1Liaise with Faculty Publicity & Outreach Team for the arrangement of video-shooting.Four selected entrants from each group will be invited to cast for the co-host of Currio and take a video of your presentation with the help of the Faculty at our multimedia studio for the round 2 competition. Apart from access to stock photos for the elaboration of the topic, we will also provide contestants with some support on Currio’s virtual costumes based on their suggestions. Details will be provided to the finalists in due course.
Step 2Advise the use of visual aids and the flow and delivery of the presentation. 
Step 3Attend video-shooting of their presentation with co-host Currio at Faculty Multimedia Studio.

While the Faculty will edit all the entries, the competition will be based on the content and delivery by the contestants. The video shooting for entrants (within two hours) will be conducted at an agreed time between the following periods:

HKU Group: June/ July 2024
Secondary School Group:
July 2024


Selection Criteria

Panel (100%)Content organisation (30%)
Ideas and creativity (30%)
Delivery and interpretation (40%)


Awards and Announcement

All winners will be informed individually by the end of September, and the awards will be presented at our flagship outreach programme Junior Science Institute to be held in mid of November.


AwardHKU GroupSecondary School Group
Gold PrizeApple iPad (10th generation) valued at HK$3,499 plus a certificateSony WH-1000XM5 Noise Cancelling Headphones valued at HK$2,499 plus a certificate
Sliver PrizeApple Watch SE valued at HK$1,999 plus a certificate Galaxy Buds2 Pro earbuds valued at HK$1,798 plus a certificate
People's Choice AwardApple gift card valued at HK$800 plus a certificatecity’super/ LOG-ON gift card valued at HK$800 plus a certificate
Merit (2 places)MUJI gift coupon valued at HK$500 plus a certificateMUJI gift coupon valued at HK$500 plus a certificate
All entrants will get a Currio plush toy key ring after the competition.


  1. The videos of top entrants will be put on the Faculty Instagram and Facebook pages for public voting.
  2. Winners of the HKU Group might be invited to be co-hosts at HKU Science YouTube platforms; special consideration may also be given to awardees of the Secondary School Group for admission to the 6901 Bachelor of Science programme.
  3. Prizes or awards of equivalent values will be presented at the discretion of the Faculty. The Faculty reserves the final right to make any necessary changes in this regard, as deemed appropriate.


Important Dates

MonthItem/ action
February 19, 2024 (4:30pm)Online briefing session for the Contest
April 30, 2024Submission deadline for HKU Group (postponed to May 10, 2024)
May 10, 2024Submission deadline for Secondary School Group
May 2024First-round selection by panel
June/July 2024Video-shooting with finalists of HKU Group* 
July 2024Video-shooting with finalists of Secondary School Group*
August 2024Second-round selection by panel
September 2024Public voting for People’s Choice Awards
September 2024Announcement of results
Mid of November 2024Award presentation 


* The video shooting for entrants (within two hours) will be conducted at an agreed time between the mentioned period.


Panel Members

  • Dr Janet CHAN, Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Toby LAI, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Science
  • Dr Rachel LUI, Assistant Dean (e-Learning), Faculty of Science
  • Professor Angela TONG, Assistant Dean (Student Wellbeing & Development), Faculty of Science


Rules of Competition

  1. The competition will be on individual basis and each contestant can only submit ONE entry.
  2. An entry must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant, and must not infringe any copyright laws.
  3. Media contents must adhere to guidelines that strictly prohibit the promotion of hate, discrimination, or any form of unethical behaviour, and must not cause harm to individuals or society in any manner.
  4. The participant is required to furnish authentic and precise information, and any deceitful or inaccurate information will lead to disqualification.
  5. Upon submission of an entry, the participant is presumed to have acknowledged and agreed to the above-mentioned terms and conditions. Any violation of the terms and conditions can lead to disqualification from the contest.
  6. The Faculty (organiser) reserves the right to interpret the selection criteria. Contestants shall agree to and respect the results.
  7. The Faculty reserves the right to publish and publicise the awarded entries in any media.
  8. The copyright for the videos of finalists will be vested with the Faculty.



Publicity & Outreach Team, HKU Faculty of Science

Tel: 3917 2683