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  3. Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise Your Thesis is an international competition run by the University of Melbourne that challenges Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to summarise their research in an engaging, 60-second visual presentation.

It gives you the opportunity to build essential digital communication skills so you can effectively communicate complex research to a general audience.

The 2019 competition was held in July with the winners announced on 20 August. The winning entry will go on to compete against the winners from the other participating institutions.

What's involved

You are required to develop a 60-second presentation, using a supplied template, that encapsulates your research project. Competition submissions are judged on their visual impact, and how well the content presents the research. The competition allows for multi-media, interactivity and interpretation and is suitable for all disciplines.

The University supports competitors with training and guidance to help put together a winning entry, closer to the time of the competition.

See the entries from the University of Sydney 2018 competition and the showcase of winning entries from all 2018 participating institutions.


You are eligible to enter if you are a currently enrolled Higher Degree by Research candidate, at any stage of your candidature.

You are not eligible to enter the competition if:

  • you are an honours student
  • you are a masters by coursework student
  • you are a graduate researcher on a leave of absence
  • your candidature has lapsed.

If you're affiliated with a research institute that is also running a Visualise Your Thesis competition, you will have to decide whether you would like to represent the University or your research institute, as you can only enter once local competition per year.

Your entry should be original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where the content has been substantially revised.

How to apply

The 2019 competition has now closed. Details on how to apply for the 2020 competition will be posted when they are available.

Winners and prizes

Judges will determine a winner and a runner-up from the submitted entries. A Viewer’s Choice winner will be determined based on votes from University students and staff. The prizes on offer are:

Winner: $1,500
Runner-up: $500
Viewers' Choice: $500

2019 results

  • Winner: Kenya Fernandes – School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science ‘Cryptococcus: the Big and Small of it’
  • Runner Up: Manuel Lequerica – School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science ‘Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution of Urban Syrphid Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae)’
  • Viewers’ Choice:  Claudia Natale - Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Health ‘New Pathways for Treating Chronic Pain’

See all of the 2019 University of Sydney entries.

Last updated: 29 August 2019

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