Communications & Media

Honing communication skills leads researchers to national stage

University of Tasmania early-career researchers recently took to the national stage for the Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) competition.

Katherine Kent (Centre for Rural Health) and Kerryn Brent (Law) joined participants from 10 universities across Australia for the annual event.

The 5RP is an opportunity for early and mid-career researchers to showcase their research to a national audience and win funding to further their research in the future.

Dr Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra was the University of Tasmania’s representative judge.

Katherine won second place in the group one division (Sciences & Health), receiving $750 in research funding. She also received the People’s Choice Award, as voted for by over 100 online viewers, picking up an eight book pack and online training program.

“Participating in the 5RP was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend it to all early-career researchers,” she said.

“While it was really difficult and time-consuming to hone all of my research into a catchy, five minute speech, this process allowed me to reflect on all the work I have done, and to really think about the significance of my research on a broader scale.”

Kerryn won third place in the group two division (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and was awarded $500 research funding.

I am proud to have represented the University at the 5RP final,” she said.

“I enjoyed the challenge of presenting my research in under five minutes!

“As an early career researcher, I now feel more confident about communicating my research and its significance to the wider public.”

Katherine and Kerryn represented the University at the national final after taking out the State finals, in their respective fields, where they received $1000 towards their research endeavours.

A total of seven finalists competed in the Tasmanian final which hosted a wide range of topics and disciplines.

The finalists included Andy Flies (Menzies Institute for Medical Research), Louise Grimmer (TSBE), James Venning (AMC), Kerryn Brent (Law), Jennifer McMahon (Education), Katherine Kent (Centre for Rural Health) and Sarah Ugalde (IMAS).

Picture caption: University of Tasmania state finalists were (from left) Andy Flies (Menzies Institute for Medical Research), Louise Grimmer (TSBE), James Venning (AMC), Kerryn Brent (Law), Jennifer McMahon (Education), Katherine Kent (Centre for Rural Health) and Sarah Ugalde (absent) (IMAS).

Published on: 01 Dec 2017 12:02pm