In a climate of knowledge exchange and community engagement, communicating to an audience outside the Academy is becoming increasingly important for research professionals.
Digital channels offer researchers new opportunities for communicating the complexities of their research to broad audiences. The 2019 Visualise Your Thesis Competition for universities worldwide helps graduate researchers* hone and showcase their research communication skills, and promote their research. It takes the amazing research of the world’s brightest and best graduate researchers and catapults it into the digital age.
Visualise Your Thesis is an exciting new competition that challenges graduate researchers* to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants are tasked with developing a striking looped presentation to encapsulate their research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives. Competition submissions are judged on their visual impact, and how well the content presents the research. The digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation and is suitable for all disciplines.
Deakin University A/Prof. John Lamp once said: "It's no longer a case of publish or perish - be visible, or vanish". As a way to be visible, this competition is an excellent opportunity. I say: get to it, people! A/Prof. Inger Mewburn, founder of Thesis Whisperer blog and Director of Research Training at the Australian National University, after judging the 2017 competition.
Visualise Your Thesis provides an opportunity for universities to showcase their graduate research and for the Visualise Your Thesis competitors, currently-enrolled PhD, MPhil, and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates, to build essential digital communication skills to effectively communicate complex research to a general audience.
We invite institutions to participate by running a local Visualise Your Thesis Competition using our guidelines and competition kit. Each participating institution will provide a finalist for the online 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition.
Visualise Your Thesis is a successful, road-tested competition format developed by The University of Melbourne.
University of Melbourne graduate researchers should visit the UM Visualise Your Thesis site.
* Graduate researchers are defined broadly as currently-enrolled PhD, MPhil, and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates.