Visualise Your Thesis competition

The Visualise your Thesis (VYT) competition is an initiative of The University of Melbourne.  VYT gives you the opportunity to showcase your research and assist you to build essential digital communication skills to effectively communicate complex research to a general audience.

Visualise Your Thesis challenges HDR students to present their research in a 60 second, striking audio-visual presentation. Using a pre-supplied PPT template, you can convert your research into a short and engaging digital narrative.

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, is suitable for all disciplines, and stages of candidature.

Visualise Your Thesis video presentations and results

Congratulations to our eight talented Curtin research students who created engaging short videos showcasing their research projects for the 2021 Curtin Visualise Your Thesis competition.  You can watch their video entries below.

Judging by the official Curtin VYT judging panel (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) and voting for the ‘People’s Choice’ award as voted by the public, is now completed.

1st place receiving $750 and representing Curtin at the 2021 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition:

  • Diego Holanda Pereira de Souza, PhD student from Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences  The next generation of batteries

2nd place receiving $350

  • Ivan Wen Wen Lau, PhD student from School of Molecular and Life Sciences, The battle between 3D printing and virtual reality

3rd place receiving $250

  • Siana Critchett, M Phil student from School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Breastfeeding women whose partners are FIFO

Peoples Choice Award, as voted by the public, receiving $150

  • Ivan Wen Wen Lau, PhD student from School of Molecular and Life Sciences, The battle between 3D printing and virtual reality

How do you enter VYT?

  1. Use the official VYT PowerPoint template, and read the 2021 VYT Competition Kit Entrant pack. To obtain these, please email
  2. Watch the winning entries from previous years
  3. Visit the official Melbourne University Visualise Your Thesis and Resources* which include important information to help you prepare your presentation
  4. Submit your entry by the closing date of 3 May 2021 to (if the file size is too large to attach to an email, use a file sharing service such as CloudStor or DropBox).  To enter, please submit your
    1. PowerPoint slideshow using the template provided; or an MP4 file version; AND
    2. signed VYT Submission Checklist

*VYT Resources include:

  • Effective Video Storytelling for Researchers
    Chapter 1 – finding your way
    Chapter 2 – Show, don’t tell
    Chapter 3 – Your video lab at home
  • Copyright videos
    ‘Keeping your entry copyright compliant’
    ‘Seeking Permissions’
    Accessing Expired Copyright Materials’
    ‘Existing Permissions’
    ‘Protecting Your Copyright’
  • Powerpoint Resources
    Microsoft’s PowerPoint Training Resources
  • FAQ’s


Entries will be judged by a panel organised by the Research Office at Curtin to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  In addition, the People’s Choice Award will be determined by a public vote.  The outcome of the competition will by announced by Tuesday 1 June.

Prizes and winning entry

The Curtin VYT judging panel will determine the first, second and third-placed entries, who will receive these prizes:

  • First prize- $750
  • Second prize – $350
  • Third prize – $250

The winning entry will be sent to The University of Melbourne to contest the international VYT competition.

In addition, the entry receiving the most number of votes in the People’s Choice competition will receive:

  • People’s Choice prize – $150

Past winners

See previous winning presentations by Curtin students along with other  international winners on Figshare.

2021 – Diego Holanda Pereira de Souza, PhD student from WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, The next generation of batteries

2020 – Md Nuruzzaman, School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Hydraulics of Constructed Floating Wetland for Treating Storm Water

2019 – Kit Prendergast, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Battle of the Bees