Visualise your Thesis™! An international programme for graduate researchers

Visualise Your Thesis™ (VYT) is an international programme that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second audio-visual explainer. The programme provides an opportunity for universities from across the world to showcase their graduate research and for the participants to build essential information and digital literacy skills to effectively communicate complex research to a general audience.

Macquarie University is excited to participate in Visualise Your Thesis again in 2024!


Entry is open to currently-enrolled PhD, MPhil, and MRes students. It is suitable for all disciplines and for students at any stage of their candidature. Visit this site to view past entries.

2024 Competition dates 

24 AprilVYT training (see Training tab for details)
11 July VYT Crafting Clinic (see Training tab for details)
15 July VYT Crafting Clinic (see Training tab for details)
16 JulyStorytelling Your Thesis workshop (see Training tab for details)
19 JulyDeadline to submit entry to gr.experience@mq.edu.au
26 JulyDeadline to receive final copyright approval
1 August2:00 - 3:00pm Macquarie Theatre
MQ Finals winners announced - register to attend and vote for the People's Choice winner
2 SeptemberDeadline for winning entry to VYT team at the University of Melbourne
Oct (TBC)International VYT Final

Prizes for the Macquarie Winners 2024:

  • Winner: $500
  • Second Place: $250
  • Third Place: $125
  • People's Choice Winner: $125

Note: Prize money is to be used for research costs only and is not a cash prize.

2024 International Prize Pool:

  • 1st Prize: AUD $5000
  • 2nd Prize: AUD $2000
  • 3rd Prize: AUD $1000

Judging panel

Dr Jen Rowland

A/Prof Alice Chik

Dr Rico Piehler

The following resources can be accessed here

  • MQ VYT presentation template
  • Entrant Pack for MQ presenters
  • Terms and Conditions for Entrants
  • Submission Checklist for Entrants




  • Does the video leave you with a better understanding of the topic?


  • Is the research communicated / presented in language appropriate for a non-specialist audience?


  • Is the video creative and engaging (e.g. visually striking and memorable)?


  • Is the significance of the research clearly explained

VYT Crafting Clinics

***This is NOT a workshop***

Working on your Visualise Your Thesis submission? Finding yourself a little stuck? Or having difficulties carving out time to work on your entry?

Consider coming along to one (or both) of our scheduled VYT Crafting Clinics.

These crafting clinics will be set up similar to a writing retreat (but with a few more discussion opportunities). During the session, you will have the opportunity to work on your submission, discuss your ideas and troubleshoot your issues with fellow participants and a GRD Advisor.

What to bring:

  • Laptop and power cord
  • Draft submission
  • Water bottle
  • Seat cushion, headphones (optional)

Register below via myRDC;

Storytelling Your Thesis workshop

Tuesday 16 July 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Communicating your research to a non-specialist audience is a valuable skill that can help broaden the reach and impact of your research. However, it can be a challenge, distilling the essence of your research into a cohesive story using language that a non-specialist audience can understand.

In this workshop we will discuss key components and considerations when communicating your research to non-specialist audiences, as well as explore the narrative of your own research.

***This workshop will be held in hybrid. Please use the respective registration link based on your preferred mode of attendance:

On campus:  https://myrdc.mq.edu.au/registration/new/407141

Online:  https://myrdc.mq.edu.au/registration/new/407181

Training resources

#TrendingOnVYT will be won by the participant who achieves the highest number of views for their video on the Figshare repository.

On 31 August 2023, we announced the winners of the MQ VYT programme! We would like to thank our fantastic judges and finalists for their involvement and support. Thank you to our People's Choice voters too - we are so pleased you participated.

Congratulations to our MQ finalists and winners:

VYT Winner

1st Runner-up

2nd Runner-up

People's Choice Winner

  • Khalia Ackermann (AIHI) ($125 research grant)

View the full list of 2023 winners that competed in the international competition on the VYT 2023 figshare repository