The Australian Society of Fish Biology (ASFB) has a strong record of acknowledging student achievements. There is also an increasing emphasis by government, industry and research institutions on encouraging high-levels of proficiency in science communication. Therefore, the Student Competition in Science Communication (SCISC) awards are aimed at creating an opportunity for early-career students to develop and demonstrate their multimedia and oral communication skills.
To apply, eligible students should create & upload a video about their research, of up to 3-minutes in length. A junior (Honours level) and a senior (Masters/PhD level) winner will be chosen via public online voting and each will receive an original piece of art (fish or invertebrate) that each Junior and Senior winner will select to have professionally painted by Dr Lindsay Gutteridge from Stick Figure Fish, valued at $650 each.
In addition, the two top ranking entrants from each Australian State/Territory and New Zealand will be eligible to compete in the final oral competition at theASFB-OCS conference in Hobart. Finalists will compete in an “unplugged” format where they will have 2 minutes to disseminate their research to the ASFB conference audience.
Winners in junior and senior categories of the oral presentations will receive reimbursement of the cost of the Conference registration.
There will be two categories: junior (Honours) and senior (PhD / Masters).
Entry will be in the format of a short video presentation (3 min maximum video or audio slides).
Each video should spruik the student's research project and should include: need for/novelty of the research, a summary of the methods, key findings, and their implications. Effectively, a ‘commercial’ for their research.
The entrants will upload their video by clicking 'apply' on this page
All entrants should provide an acknowledgement that the video is part of the ASFB rapid-fire-research competition of that year.
Period to prepare and submit the production will be 8 weeks from being advertised.
Online voting will consist of voting through Thinkable competition page, and should be based on: Significance and novelty of the research, Aesthetic appeal of the production, Communication of the research content.
Online voting period will be 4 weeks from close of entries.
Prior to the close of voting, interested States and New Zealand (through their State representatives, with the assistance of ASFB Student Representatives and Education Committee) have the option to organise a viewing event where all entries are shown and able to be voted on.
The top ranking videos for each of the categories of junior (Honours) and senior (Masters, PhD) students on the Thinkable competition page will receive an original piece of art (fish or invertebrate) that each Junior and Senior winner will select to have professionally painted by Dr Lindsay Gutteridge from Stick Figure Fish, valued at $650 each.
The top two entrants (based on online voting) within each Australian State/Territory and New Zealand will be eligible to compete in the final oral competition at the ASFB-OCS Conference in Hobart (4-7 September 2016). Oral finalists will also include any winners voted by ASFB members at State/Territory/New Zealand local events that are held prior to 8 July 2016 (close of voting). Finalists must attend (at their own cost) the ASFB-OCS Hobart conference to compete in the oral finals.
All finalists will then orally deliver live a two minute ‘unplugged’ presentation at the ASFB conference prior to the student mixer (scheduling at the discretion of the Conference Organising Committee).
Regulations for 2-min final presentations are: Speakers will be stopped after 2:15 seconds & Use of additional props and visual aids are not permitted.
Two prizes (Junior and Senior) will be awarded by the attendees at the ASFB-OCS Hobart conference.
Each winner will receive a reimbursement of their conference registration fee.
All submissions to the video competition (including non-finalists) would then be played on a loop on a screen at the conference to enable delegates to view at their leisure.
How do I create a research video?
Please see the Thinkable guide that helps researchers create an engaging research video. You can also view the hundreds of different research videos submitted in previous competitions to get a feel for what works.
Who can I contact to ask more questions?
Stephen Beatty (email@example.com), chair of the Education Committee of ASFB
Who can I contact if I have any technical difficulties?