The 2018 competition is closed

Congratulations to the competitors!

Overall Winner

Charlotte Badenhorst
Faculty of Science
Fifty shades of ash

People's Choice

Maureen van den Bergh
College of Business and Economics
The Influence of Situational Exigencies on Employee Information Systems Security Behaviour

Runner Up

Alessia Dinoi
Faculty of Science
Genetic connectivity a pattern to study the impact of the climate change on the Red baits. (Pyura spp.)

Runner Up

Sajan George
Faculty of Health Sciences
LASER transforms stem cells to neurons

About the Competition

In this climate of knowledge exchange and community engagement, communicating to an audience outside the academy is becoming increasingly important for research professionals.

Digital channels offer researchers new opportunities for communicating the complexities of their research to broad audiences. The Visualise Your Thesis competition helps graduate researchers hone and showcase their research communication skills, and promote their research.


Visualise Your Thesis is an exciting new competition that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants are tasked with developing a striking looped presentation to encapsulate their 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 and is suitable for all disciplines.


Visualise Your Thesis provides an opportunity for universities to showcase their graduate research and for the Visualise Your Thesis competitors, currently-enrolled Research Master’s students and PhD candidates candidates, to build essential digital communication skills to effectively communicate complex research to a general audience.

Visualise Your Thesis is a successful, road-tested competition format developed by The University of Melbourne.

UJ is the first university outside of Australia to run the competition, so this is an exciting and unique opportunity to represent the best of UJ’s postgraduate research on an international stage.