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.

2019 is the first full international VYT competition where the winners of local competitions will compete against each other in an online international competition final.

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.

Prizes for the 2019 La Trobe competition:

  • First prize: $1000
  • Second prize: $500
  • Popular vote: $250

If you're keen to compete, the Library and the RED team have collaborated to help you prepare in style.

Support and coaching

Presenting information in a short and effective way is a useful skill for graduate researchers. The Library and RED team provide a range of supports including:

  • VYT technical workshops
  • drop-in sessions for help with copyright and technical advice, to be held from 1-5 July, 12-3 pm in the Melbourne (Bundoora) Research Commons

If you want some inspiration, 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.

Key dates

  • Submissions accepted from: 3 June 2019
  • Technical workshops: 10-28 June 2019
  • Drop-in sessions for copyright and technical advice: 1-5 July 2019
  • Submissions close: 26 July 2019
  • Winners notified by: 27 August 2019

The winners will be announced on 12 September 2019, as part of the 3MT Competition final. Entries will be judged by an expert panel that includes La Trobe University staff and other members of the community.

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

Download the:

Email your entry

Please note: by submitting your entry, you confirm that it is all your own work and sources used have been credited appropriately.

More information

For more information, contact Jenny Fafeita