13 June 2013
Is it possible for researchers to summarise their years of intensive scientific investigation in just 60 seconds?
The University of the Sunshine Coast will find out on Friday 5 July when it holds a new competition for the finale of the 2013 University Research Week.
‘A Minute to Win It – My Research in 60 Seconds’ is now open to all USC teaching and research staff and is expected to attract a diverse range of topics.
To be held at the USC Innovation Centre from 11am to noon, the best presentation will win $1,000.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Roland De Marco said the competition would give academics a chance to explain their work to colleagues in a fun, informal way.
“This session will allow researchers to put across a core idea much more succinctly than when they have to present a full conference paper,” he said.
“With only one minute on the clock and one PowerPoint slide allowed, it’s a hard-hitting, rapid-fire opportunity to make their ideas known.
“This will be very much like an ‘elevator pitch’ if a researcher gets an opportunity to present key messages to a busy and high profile politician, like the Prime Minister or Premier, or a busy Chief Executive Officer of a major company like BHP, Microsoft, Origin Energy or Santos.”
The new competition will be in addition to the popular annual ‘Three-Minute Thesis’ event at the 2013 USC Research Week from 1-5 July, based on the overall theme ‘Communicate, Collaborate, Connect; Research on the rise’.
‘A Minute to Win It’ is open to USC researchers who have recently undertaken a research project, collected evidence, demonstrated value or made an impact.
— Julie Schomberg