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Research in a Nutshell

The Research in a Nutshell competition provides a unique opportunity showcase ECU’s current research to staff, students, members of the community and industry and celebrates our staff researchers as they explain their contemporary research and creative outputs ‘in a nutshell’

This year, the event is an exciting culmination of three research communication competitions at ECU: the Three Minute Thesis Final (3MT®) for research students; and the Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) and the One Minute to Pitch It (1MP) for research staff.

Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP)

ECU Early Career Researchers (ECR) are invited to take part in the 5 Minute Research Pitch as part of the ‘Your Research in a Nutshell’ competition during Research Week. Researchers will be challenged to deliver a short 5 minute presentation of their recent research with the aid of 3 PowerPoint slides and will be in with the chance to win both prize money for their research.

One Minute to Pitch It

Researchers have only 60seconds to present their research and how they tackle national and international challenges in this fast-paced competition.

Why take part?

All competitions offer a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself, have fun and to win prize money for your research! Plus:

  • It provides a valuable opportunity to engage with industry and community.
  • It gives a starting point for Corporate Communications to promote your research in the media.
  • You can access opportunities for extra training through the Graduate Research School and the Office of Research and Innovation, to help communicate your research in a clear and succinct way to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
  • Contribute to the growing research culture at ECU.

Prize money is sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation and can be used towards research/creative activities.

  • 1st place: $2500
  • 2nd place: $1500
  • People's Choice: $500

Places are limited. For further information and to register your interest, email

Event details

ECU Research in a Nutshell as part of ECU Research Week 2017
Friday, 22 September, 2.00 – 5.30pm
Joondalup campus 7.102
Register to attend

  • Presentations are limited to 5 minutes. Presenters who go over will be disqualified.
  • 3 PowerPoint slides are permitted. These may include photos, diagrams or other graphic material including animations and slide transitions. Non-static media (videos, sound-clips) are permitted to a maximum of 30 seconds and will be included in the five minute presentation time.

There are five judging criteria as listed below, each out of 20.

  • 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
  • Description and importance of research problem; quality of research pitch
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