Vice Chancellors Research Pitch Challenge

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Stage: Competition Finished

Eligibility requirements:

This competition is open to PhD students & researchers at Australian Universities, up to 10 years from PhD completion. All applicants are eligible for discounted entry to the higher education conference.

Competition Brief:

Imagine you had 2-minutes to pitch your research to a Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor, senior university representatives, government representatives, industry representatives and other members of the research community? They are busy people with limited time, so you have to quickly deliver a message and efficiently summarise your research, excite them and find that next meeting for future collaboration or funding.

Universities Australia is challenging Australian university researchers to create a video pitch (1-2 minutes) explaining your research – the pitch should be aimed at attracting the interest of Higher-Education leaders across universities, industry, philanthropy & government who will be viewing and voting on the entries to award the winner.

At the Higher Education Conference a select short-list will be shown to delegates, which is your opportunity to showcase your work to Higher-Education leaders, who will vote on their favourite entry.

Producing your video:

You can produce your own video (see our guide for some help) or you can engage your university media units to help in producing your video. Watch the hundreds of video pitches Thinkable has showcased to give you examples.


The voting will be conducted using the thinkable voting system.

Conditions of entry:

As the submitter of the video, you must be the copyright owner of all content or have permission from the creator to use their content. Credit for content that you do not own must be provided. All entries that breach this rule will be disqualified and removed from the website.

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