AQPER - Association québécoise de la production d'énergie renouvelable
AQPER - Association québécoise de la production d'énergie renouvelable
AQPER - Association québécoise de la production d'énergie renouvelable

We are proud to announce the 4th edition of our Science Popularization Contest, in partenership with Transition énergétique Québec (TEQ)open to graduate students : 3 minutes to change the world!
This edition will take place virtually in February 2021.



Why participate?

This contest offers to the finalists:

  • a chance to win one of the 3 prizes offered by Transition énergétique Québec totalling $3,000: 1st prize of $1,500, 2nd prize of $1,000 and 3rd prize of $500;
  • ticket for the 2021AQPER Annual Symposium;
  • a unique opportunity to virtually present their research project to decision makers involved in Quebec’s energy transition;
  • an opportunity to publicize their research project to the public.

The Contest final:

In a maximum of 3 minutes, each finalist will have to present their research project related to Quebec's energy transition:

  • in French or English;
  • using only a single slide for support (without animation, nor video).


  • each presentation will be followed by a short question period;
  • the final will be broadcast online;
  • the winners will be selected by a jury.


To be eligible, candidates must:

  • be able to express themselves clearly in French or English;
  • present an original research project related to Quebec's energy transition;
  • be registered as a full-time student in a graduate program for the Fall 2020 or Winter semester 2021 postdoctoral students are not eligible;
  • submit the application form by January 4 2021,  11:59 p.m.


By applying to the contest, candidates authorize AQPER:

  • to use, for promotional purposes, any information or material provided as part of the selection process;

Selection process for the final:



  • Selected candidates for the semi-final will be contacted by email by January 18, 2021.
  • Semi-finalists will be invited to provide a short video presentation by January 28, 2021 (details on the video content and format will be provided).


  • Invitations for the final will be sent to the selected candidates by February  8, 2021.
  • Finalists will have to provide a short biography (with picture) and a proof of full-time registration for the winter semester before February 18, 2021.
  • The final will take virtually the week of February 22 2021. The final will be broadcast online.


Examples of topics related to the energy transition:

  • new technical solutions for renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass, biogas, biofuels, hydro, geothermal, etc.);
  • storage, energy management and efficiency;
  • the challenges of the energy transition;
  • study on the discourse on energy transition and climate change;
  • barriers to involvement in the energy transition;
  • the role of the media in the energy transition; 
Download the application form


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