Visualise Your Thesis competition

The Visualise your Thesis (VYT) competition, run by the University of Melbourne, 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 graduate researchers to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display. Using a pre-supplied PPT template, you must develop a striking presentation to encapsulate your research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives.

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.

2020 competition

The VYT competition is open to currently enrolled higher degree by research students.

Closing date – 13 March 2020

What do you need to do to enter VYT?

  1. Use the official VYT PowerPoint template, and read the 2020 VYT Competition Kit Entrant pack, available from
  2. Watch the winning entries from 2019.
  3. Visit the official Visualise Your Thesis website at Melbourne University, and Resources which includes important information to help you prepare your presentation*
  4. Submit your presentation by the closing date of 13 March to (if the file size is too large to attach to an email, use a file sharing service such as CloudStor or DropBox)

*VYT Resources include:

  • 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

Prizes and winning entry

First prize – $700

Second prize – $200

Third prize – $100

Entries will be judged by a panel organised by the Research Office at Curtin.  All entries that meet the eligibility criteria will be displayed on television screens on Bentley Campus during Research Rumble, 30 March – 3 April.

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

2019 competition winner

Congratulations to Kit Prendergast, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, 2019 Curtin winner for her entry ‘Battle of the Bees’.  See Kit’s presentation along with other international winners on Figshare.