Published on 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