How to Submit a Video Abstract

Ocean 180 encourages ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with teachers, students, and the public. The program challenges scientists to create 3 minute video abstracts that effectively communicate the meaning, significance, and relevance of published research to general, non-scientific audiences.

Winning entries will be awarded a total of $13,000 in cash prizes.

What's included in an Ocean 180 Challenge Entry?

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to March 31, 2018 and must include:

1. Video abstract that is a maximum of 180 sec (3 min) in length; and includes the 5-second video "splash" at the start of the entry;

2. 900 character (including spaces; ~150 words) written abstract designed for a general/non-technical audience that summarizes the results and important findings in the published paper;

3. A document (e.g., MS Word .doc) file containing an English transcript of the video's audio;

4. Signed COSEE Florida Multimedia Permission and Use of Copyrighted Material Form (available here.), and

5. Completed online video submission form (available here)

 How are video abstracts submitted?

Videos are submitted by completing an entry form on the Ocean 180 website ( The entry form includes a space to enter a link to the video abstract on a file-sharing site, such as Dropbox. Instructions for setting up a free Dropbox account are available at (  If you have questions about how to submit your video abstract, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Entries by mail or email are not permitted.  The maximum file size is 1GB and the recommended resolution is at least 720p (1280 x 720 pixel), standard (4:3) or widescreen (16:9). The preferred format is MPEG-4 (.mp4), but other acceptable video formats include Quicktime (.mov), Windows AVI (.avi), and Windows Media (.wmv).  All video entries must include the 5-second Ocean 180 Video Challenge splash (leader) at the beginning of the video. The video splash is available for download on the Ocean 180 website.  Videos cannot exceed 180 seconds, including the Ocean 180 splash and any acknowledgements/credits.
A full set of Challenge Guidelines is available here.

To view past finalists and winners, select "Past Challenges" in the menu bar above.

Please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions regarding submissions or Challenge Guidelines.

By the Numbers

Over 40,000 students in 50 US states, the US Virgin Islands, and 25 countries participated as judges in the 2016 Ocean 180 Video Challenge.