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The Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) is an opportunity for researchers to showcase their research to a national audience and to be in the running to win a total of $6,000 towards their research. Researchers will be required to deliver a punchy five minute presentation of their recent research with the aid of three PowerPoint slides. The competition is similar to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) run nationally for PhD students. For detailed information: 2016 Final 5_Minute Research Pitch Guidelines.

Watch the 2015 Finalists in action.

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ACU Heats and Outcomes

  • Melbourne: Tuesday 4 October, Time: 11:30, Sir Bernard Callinan Board Room (8.57), Level 8, 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne (preceded by lunch at 12:30)
    • Heat winners:
      • Dr David Opar (School of Exercise Science) – Hamstrung
      • Dr Peter Koval (School of Psychology) – Sexual objectification in women’s daily lives
  • Brisbane: Thursday 6 October, 13:30 to 14:30 (Brisbane time), Executive Meeting Room (Board Room AC.04), Building A, Level C, 1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo (preceded by lunch at 12:30)
    • Heat winners:
      • Dr Erin Conway (School of Allied Health) – Finding the words: A treatment of word retrieval in dementia
      • Dr David Kirchhoffer (Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry) – Human Dignity: Beyond the Limits of Autonomy in Human Research Ethics
  • Strathfield: Monday 10 October, 11:30 – 12:30, Video conference Room C2.31 (followed by lunch at 12:30)
    • Heat winners:
      • Dr Sarah Marshall (Institute of Positive Psychology and Education) – Healthy youth: How self-compassion helps buffer against the negative effects of low self-esteem
      • Dr Melissa Bellanta (School of Arts) – Shirt Fronted: A Social History of Men’s Dress in Colonial Australia
  • North Sydney: Tuesday 11 October, 11:30 – 12:30, Meeting Rooms 16A/B, Level 16, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney (followed by lunch at 12:30)
    • Heat winners:
      • Dr Simone Dorsch (School of Physiotherapy) – And I would do 10,000 reps
      • Dr Catherine Bishop (National School of Arts) – Not Just Pin Money: Colonial Businesswomen in 19th Century Cities

ACU Finals

  • North Sydney: Tuesday 18 October, 11:30 – 12:30, Peter Cosgrove Centre, Level 22, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney (followed by lunch at 12:45)
    • Outcomes*:
    • Health and Science Discipline Group
      • 1st Place: Dr David Opar (School of Exercise Science) – Hamstrung
      • 2nd Place: Dr Simone Dorsch (School of Physiotherapy) – And I would do 10,000 reps
    • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Discipline Group
      • 1st Place: Dr Catherine Bishop (National School of Arts) – Not Just Pin Money: Colonial Businesswomen in 19th Century Cities
      • 2nd Place: Dr Peter Koval (School of Psychology) – Sexual objectification in women’s daily lives
  • Congratulations to all contestants, the quality of the pitches was extremely high this year and it was obvious that much time was spent in preparation for the event. We wish David and Catherine all the best in representing ACU at the National Finals!

*Please watch this space for videos of the presentations.

National Finals

  • Southern Cross University (Gold Coast campus), Tuesday 22 November 2016

Watch the 2016 Finalists in action!:

National Finals

ACU Finals:

Dr Catherine Bishop (ACU Winner, Grouping B, National Winner), Dr David Kirchhoffer, Dr David Opar (ACU Winner, Grouping A, National Second Place), Dr Erin Conway, Dr Melissa Bellanta, Dr Peter Koval, Dr Sarah Marshall, Dr Simone Dorsch


Research Funding Awards:

ACU Finals (up to $1,500 deposited into a research account):

  • Winners of the discipline finals each receive a research account containing $1,500 (two disciplines; see below) and a trip to the National Finals on the Gold Coast
  • A research account for $750 will be awarded to second place presenters in each discipline

National Finals (up to $4,500 deposited into a research account):

  • Overall winner receives a $3,000 research account
  • Discipline prizes:
    • Winners each receive a $1,500 research account and one of these will be judged the overall winner
    • Second place receives a $750 research account
    • Third place receives $500 research account

  • Winner of the audience choice award receives a non-monetary prize from the sponsor


  • Eligibility

    The 5 Minute Research Pitch is open to active proven researchers (at Level A, B and C) who are employed by the following Australian Higher Education Institutions:

    • Australian Catholic University
    • Central Queensland University
    • Edith Cowan University
    • Federation University
    • Southern Cross University (2016 Finals Host)
    • University of Southern Queensland
    • Victoria University

    The research presented must be current; either in the process of being completed or published in 2015 or 2016.

    Research students are not eligible to compete. However, if you are employed as an academic staff member at one of the above institutions and concurrently undertaking a PhD, you are eligible as a staff member. It is also appropriate to present work conducted as a PhD student within the above time-frame, if currently employed as an academic staff member.

    For further information: 2016 Final 5_Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

  • Competition/Rules

    Presentations are limited to five minutes. Any presenter exceeding five minutes will be disqualified.  Three PowerPoint slides are permitted. These may include photos, diagrams or other graphic material to extrapolate the research. Non-static media (videos, sound-clips) are permitted to a maximum of 30 seconds but must be a part of a slide (not in addition to) and will be included in the five minute presentation time.

    The judging panel’s recommendations are final and negotiations will not be entered in to once the winners are announced.

    For further information: 2016 Final 5_Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

  • Internal Heat and Nomination Process

    To participate in the national finals it is a requirement that each university first runs internal heats and an institutional final. The winner from each of the discipline groupings listed below from each institution will then participate in the national finals, to be held on the Gold Coast campus of Southern Cross University on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

    The winner of the individual groupings from each institution will receive $1,500 from their own university, to be credited to their university research account. ACU will also contribute $1,500 to the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

    Flights, accommodation and ground transport costs etc., for the two finalists to attend the National Finals will also be covered by the University.

  • Discipline Groupings

    The first place winner of each of the groupings in the institutional heats will proceed to the national finals. The groupings are as follows:

    Group One – Science & Health

    • Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
    • Health and Medical Sciences
    • Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics
    • Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences.

    Group Two – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    • Humanities and Creative Arts
    • Education, Social and Behavioural Sciences
    • Law
    • Business, Commerce and Economics.
  • Judging Panel

    Internal heats

    Each institution will be responsible for forming the judging panel for their internal heats. Judges should include an expert from each of the above groupings and have a minimum of 3 judges.

    National final

    Each institution will nominate one of their internal judges to sit on the judging panel at the national finals. Australian Catholic University will select from the nominations and will construct a panel accordingly.

  • Judging Criteria

    Participants will be judged on:

    • Description and importance of research problem
    • Description of the research process
    • The ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience
    • Clear overall conclusion and final summary
    • Creativity of presentation and engagement with the audience.

     

    For more details: 2016 Final 5_Minute Research Pitch Guidelines

  • The National Finals

    The national finals will be held at the Gold Coast campus of Southern Cross University on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

    Details and written proposals of all institutional finalists will be forwarded to the host institution prior to the final event.

    Each discipline grouping will be awarded a first, second and third place winner based on the judging panel’s choice. One overall winner will be selected from the winners of the two discipline groupings. The total prize money received by the overall winner at the national final will be $4,500 ($1,500 discipline prize money plus overall winner prize of $3,000). Discipline Winner: $1,500, Second place: $750, Third place: $500 and Overall winner: $3,000.

    The prizes are awarded for research purposes. Prizes will be paid by the place-getter’s own institution and will be awarded to the winners’ research account – the prizes will not be available as a cash prize.

    2015 Results

    Overall winner: Dr Daniel Bucher, Southern Cross University, The quest for the holy grail: direct age determination of crabs and lobsters

    Group One – Science & Health

    First Place: Dr Daniel Bucher, Southern Cross University, The quest for the holy grail: direct age determination of crabs and lobsters

    Joint Second Place: Dr Favil Singh, Edith Cowan University, How can we beat the tumour with simple activity?

    Joint Second Place: Dr Morgan Wallace, Federation University, Fighting Cancer With Your Immune System

    Group Two – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    First Place: Dr Aastha Malhotra, University of Southern Queensland, Empowering Migrant and Refugee Women Entrepreneurs 2.0

    Second Place: Dr Amanda Gardiner, Edith Cowan University, Sex, Death and Desperation: Infanticide in Colonial Western Australia (1829-1901)

    Third Place: Dr Noah Riseman, ACU, Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945

  • Registration and ACU contact

    Please register your expression of Interest (EOI) via email by Thursday 15 September:

    Subject Line: 5RP EOI
    Participant Name:
    Supervisor Name:
    Presentation Title:
    Discipline Grouping (see above):
    Affiliated School/Faculty or Research Centre/Institute
    ACU campus on which you will be presenting (Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne or North Sydney)

    Email your EOI to res.development@au.edu.au

    Direct any questions to the ACU 5RP contact:

    Dr Andrew Schrader
    Senior Manager, Research
    ACU Research, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
    Australian Catholic University
    (02) 9839 2218
    res.development@acu.edu.au