Tell us about your research - staff research competition

One slide. Five minutes. Can you clearly articulate your research, in all its complexity, in just five minutes with only one slide? Can you keep your audiences engaged? Can you get them on board with your research?

To celebrate the breadth and impact of La Trobe research, we invite you to enter our Staff Research Presentation Competition on Tuesday 26 November.

What’s in it for you?

  • You get to perfect and test your elevator pitch, ready for new funding opportunities.
  • You enter the run to win $3000 towards your research activities (judge's award).
  • You have a chance to win $1500 towards your research activities (audience vote).
  • You spread the word about your research within the University community.
  • You connect with other researchers.
  • You model effective research communication to your students, potential students, and colleagues

Effectively communicating your research is crucial

Even the most brilliant research is wasted if no one knows about it, or if your end-users can’t understand it. So flex your communicating muscles and shine a spotlight on your research.

With increased calls from granting agencies and government for research engagement and impact, it’s increasingly critical that you are able to communicate effectively to various audiences.

Tell us an engaging story of why your research is needed and how it will make an impact.

The competition

Participants will present their research on stage, using only one slide and taking no longer than five minutes (you will get a thirty second warning, but entries longer than five minutes will be disqualified).

What you’ll be judged on:

  • How well you convey why your research is needed
  • How you present your research clearly to a non-specialist audience
  • How creative and engaging your presentation is.

The winner will be deliberated by a group of judges who are all La Trobe senior leaders.

Competition support

As a participant, you will be invited to participate in a briefing session to help you frame your presentation and ensure it’s a success. You will also benefit from mentoring support from the Research Education and Development (RED) team.

Travel funding will be available for staff based at regional campuses to present at the competition.


To enter the competition, you must:

  • Be a La Trobe academic staff member (continuing, fixed term, casual, honorary) undertaking research at La Trobe
  • Submit an Expression of Interest outlining your research
  • If shortlisted, you will be available to participate in the event on Tuesday 26 November.

How to enter

To express interest in participating, send your answers to the following questions to

  • Full name
  • School
  • Position
  • Description of research problem (in 50 words or less)
  • Description of approach to solving problem (in 50 words or less)
  • Exploration of [potential] impact (in 50 words or less)

The organising committee will review your entry and get in touch.

Closing date

Expressions of interest for the Staff Research Competition close on 16 October 2019.