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Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise Your Thesis is a competition that challenges graduate researchers 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.

This year the University of Sydney will be taking part in the 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition being run by the University of Melbourne. The winning entry from the University of Sydney will go on to compete against the winners from the other participating institutions.

Entry submission will be open between Wednesday 12 June and Wednesday 31 July 2019.

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.

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

Competition materials

Instructions for competitors (pdf, 804KB)

Powerpoint entry template (pptx, 22MB)

Submission checklist for competitors (docx, 17KB)

Competition terms (pdf, 60KB)


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

Submit your completed entry using our online form. There is no need to pre-register in order to submit an entry. Submissions will close at 11:59pm on 31 July, 2019.

Sign up online with your email if you’d like to receive competition updates, such as information about upcoming training sessions and reminders for important competition dates.

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


We will be running training to help you put together a winning entry.

Both sessions will cover the same content, you only need to register for one. The webinar will be recorded, so if you can’t make it at the times the sessions are running, just register for the webinar to receive a link to the recording after the session is run. Contact to request a link to the recording after 4 July.

Last updated: 28 June 2019

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