Generation Scotland

Generation Scotland Competition

If you had a magic wand what would health and well-being look like in 2030 in Scotland?

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Who are Generation Scotland?

Generation Scotland is the largest family health study in Scotland with over 25,000 volunteers who have signed up to help scientists and researchers find out more about health and wellbeing and develop potentially life saving cures.

We are part of the University of Edinburgh and ensure all of our research is ethical and anonymous. Anyone over the age of 12 can join. We are currently inviting more young people and families to join our studies so that we can learn more about the health and well-being of young people in Scotland.

Visit for more information.


What is the Generation Scotland future health competition?

We are looking for you to get creative and think about what health could look like in the future in Scotland if money was not an issue and if anything was possible. We are looking for positive ideas. 


What should I include in my entry? 

Let your imagination run wild using one of the following 3 themes: 

  1.  What does social interaction mean to you? (linked to our loneliness study)
  2.  If you had a magic wand what would you change about health? 
  3.  Why is it important to have young people included in health research?


Does it just need to be a poster?

No. We want you to be as creative as you can. You can design a poster, poem, painting, collage, Instagram reel, animation, infographic or a short 30 second video (please do not film other people without permission as this will not be entered) If you are providing a visual submission please write a short description of the content. Please clearly display your name and age on your art work either on the front or the back (depending on if you want others to see it).


What will happen with my submission?

We would like to share your creativity with others and may display your creation on our website and social media platforms, therefore please do not share videos which identify other people (unless you have permission) and do not share personal information such as your address or date of birth.


What are the prizes?

12-15 year old category

  • £250      1st prize
  • £100      2nd prize
  • £50        3rd prize


16-19 year old category

  • £250     1st prize
  • £100     2nd prize
  • £50       3rd prize


Teachers / youth workers / youth leaders category

  • Winning entry       A visit to your organisation/school, or online input, from one of our researchers/scientists


If your school, youth organisation or community/sports/arts group submits the most entries we'll throw in an extra, exciting prize.


Should I enter as a team or individual?

Of course we love team work, but as this has been designed as an individual competition if you do enter as a team and you win, you will need to split the prize between the group and also let us know the names of everyone who has worked together.


Where do I send my entry?

Please send your competition entry to or by post:


FAO Sarah Robertson Generation Scotland, IGC Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU


If you are entering lots of entries at once from a school, youth or community group please consider sending in one envelope.

If the email is too large please consider using WeTransfer, google drive or another data sharing platform

Entries should be titled: Health Competition followed by your name or school/club and age or year group.

You can also submit your entry on social media using #GSHealthComp.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Please attach a consent form for media purposes.


What are the categories?

  1. 12-15 year olds
  2. 16-19 year olds
  3. Parents/guardians/teachers/youth and community workers/ sports and club leaders


What is the closing date?

Sunday 31 December 2023 at 5pm