Visualise Your Thesis Competition

The Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Competition is an exciting competition that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second digital display.

VYT is a great opportunity for you to develop your visual communication skills and learn how to communicate your research, with impact, for a non-academic audience. Entries will be judged on their visual impact and how well the content conveys the research.

2020 Winners

Congratulations to Jordyn Thomas who took out first place in La Trobe’s 2020 Visualise your thesis competition for her entry, 'Defining the role of IL-18 in the renal inflammation leading to hypertension'.

The second place went to Donovan Garcia-Ceron from School of Molecular Sciences for his spectacular entry called 'The sneezing fungus'.

The popular vote went to Stephanie Lynch who won a very tight race with her entry, 'Bacteriophages as a treatment option against canine pyoderma'.

Keen to see more? Check out all other 2020 Visualise your Thesis entries.

Support and coaching

Presenting information in a short and effective way is a useful skill for graduate researchers. The Library and RED team have provided a range of supports helping candidates prepare, including:

  • Sharing your story: the how and why of communicating about your research workshop (event ended)
  • The basics of effective visual engagement workshop (event ended)
  • VYT technical workshops (event ended)
  • Visualise Your Thesis - Drop in help sessions for help with copyright and technical advice (event ended)

If you want some inspiration for this year's competition, check out the Visualise Your Thesis showcase. You can also view a playlist of last year’s La Trobe competition entries.


The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature.

Competitors must agree to having their entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website (winning entry only) and on La Trobe University websites and media.

How to get involved

The 2020 Visualise your thesis competition is now closed.

Announcements for the 2021 competition will be announced next year. Please contact Katie Wiese if you have any questions.

2020 Judges

Dr Helen Lee – Deputy Head of School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Wade Kelly – Senior Coordinator Research Impact

Dr Mark Miles – La Trobe alumni and Leading cancer researcher who was recently awarded a Cancer Council Victoria Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Jay Glaisier – Senior Manager Community Outreach and Engagement, Library


Prizes for the 2020 VYT Competition:

  • First prize: AUD $1,000
  • Second prize: AUD $500
  • People's choice prize: AUD $250

The rules

  • You must use the supplied PowerPoint template to create your video
  • No separate media files or links to online content (all media is embedded in the PowerPoint file)
  • Your video must not exceed 60 seconds, except for the title and reference slides.
  • Your video has an absolute maximum file size of 100MB (take this into account when including graphics and sound)
  • You must include references for any resources used to create your video
  • Media, including images, audio and video files, must comply with the competition’s copyright rules
  • Late submissions will not be accepted
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

Judging criteria

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?

How to participate

Contact for your competition pack.

Attend the sessions and when you are ready send your completed video to

More information

For more information, contact Katie Wiese