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Student Essay Competition

Deadline: 31 May, 2021

The ALIFE 2021 Organizing Committee cordially invites all students to attend the ALIFE 2021 Student Essay Competition. This competition is open to both undergraduate and PhD students. Students from any discipline are welcome. 

This ALIFE 2021 student essay competition has very simple rules. Students should write an essay 1,500 -2,500 words related to artificial life, artificial intelligence, robots and/or R.U.R. and submit it through the submission form until May 31, 2021.

The essays will be awarded in 3 categories:

► The best essay written by an undergraduate student 

► The best essay written by a PhD student 

► The best essay related to the centenary of robots and R.U.R. and the conference theme "Robots: The century past and the century ahead"


Awards will be announced at a closing ceremony of ALIFE 2021 conference virtually (Friday July 23, 2021). We keep the prizes as a surprise for all awardees.

We offer a limited number of Student Conference Scholarships and each student attending this essay competition can be awarded by a conference free ticket. Interested students should fill this application form no later than on April 30, 2021.

(Note: Although the essay competition deadline is May 31, the scholarship deadline is April 30. So if you are interested in to get a free ticket, don't miss these deadlines. Please select the option "I am going to submit an essay" in the scholarship application form).

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Submission Process

Students should fill the submission form and upload their essays no later than on May 31, 2021.

All essays should be submitted in English using Times New Roman (size 12) font with double spacing. Essays must be a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 2,500 words. Essays that do not follow the above-mentioned specifications will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please send us an email to 2021alife@gmail.com and start the subject of your email by [ESSAY COMPETITION].