The 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition helps graduate researchers to develop essential digital communication skills to effectively convey their complex research to a general audience. It takes the amazing research of the world’s brightest and best graduate researchers and catapults it into the digital age.

The competition 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.

The winner of the local heat will represent the University of Melbourne in the online 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition.

Register by Friday 9 August 2019, 12 noon to receive the competition kit and guidelines.

Registrations will open on Monday 1 July 2019.
Registrations close Friday 9 August 2019, 12 noon.
Entry submissions close Friday 16 August 2019, 12 noon.

To participate in the University of Melbourne heat of 2019 Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition, please register. The VYT team will then contact you with further details and send you a link to the 2019 VYT competition kit.


  • Eligibility

    The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne*. Graduate researchers are enrolled in:

    • M.Phil.,
    • Masters by Research,
    • Ph.D. or
    • Professional Doctorate programmes

    Students can be at any stage of their candidature, but must be active and attending (not on leave of absence).

    Not eligible to enter the competition are: Honours students; Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component); or Graduate researchers on a leave of absence.

    Graduate researchers affiliated with multiple institutions may only enter one local competition per year.

    Entries should be unique and original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where substantial revision has occurred.

    * If you are from another university, check the International Visualise Your Thesis site to see if your institution is registered to run a local competition.

  • Key dates
    • Competition opens Monday 1 July 2019.
    • Registration closes Friday 9 August 2019, 12 noon.
    • Entry submissions close Friday 16 August 2019, 12 noon.
    • Awards Event Wednesday 28 August 2019, 4-5pm.
  • Prizes and awards

    University of Melbourne Visualise Your Thesis Competition (heat)

    • 1st prize: AUD$1,000 VISA card
    • 2nd prize: AUD$500 VISA card
    • 3rd prize: AUD$250 VISA card
    • Viewers' Choice prize: AUD$100 (sponsored by University House)

    International Visualise Your Thesis Competition (online final)

    • 1st prize: AUD$5,000 VISA card
    • 2nd prize: AUD$2,000 VISA card
    • 3rd prize: AUD$1,000 VISA card
    • Viewers' Choice prize: TBA
  • Judging criteria

    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.

    Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

    Impact (score: __ / 20)

    • How well designed, creative, innovative and engaging is the entry?
    • Is it visually striking and memorable?
    • Does it attract from a distance and deliver details close up?
    • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
    • Does it make the most of the available technology?

    Sound (note that sound is optional; the following criteria may not apply to every entry)

    • Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?
    • Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
    • Did any transitions/visual effects align with the beat/soundtrack?
    • Was the music/sound edited to fit the 60 second loop, rather than just finishing abruptly?

    Content (score: __ / 20)

    • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
    • Is the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
    • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
    • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?

    Scholarly Citizenship (score: __ / 20)

    • Does the entry include complete and correct references for any resources used to create the entry? Including: citation of any images, audio, video, tools and data.
    • Does the entry include a valid ORCID on the title slide?
    • Copyright – material included in the entry complies with the copyright rules of the competition, and the entry contains only material that falls into the following categories:
      • In the Public Domain;
      • Licensed under Creative Commons;
      • Content used with permission, or under an appropriate licence;
      • Original content created by the student themselves.
    • Does the entry include acknowledgements for other people or groups who helped with the project or entry?