VU hosts 5 Minute Research Pitch Competition

Victoria University took out two prizes at the recent 5 Minute Research Pitch Competition.

The 5RP Competition gives academics just 5 minutes to present their research to a non-specialist audience and was this year hosted by Victoria University at the Flinders Street campus.

Four researchers represented VU among a competitive field of 19 academics from Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan University, Federation University and Southern Cross University at the National Final on November 6.

College of Health & Biomedicine researcher Dr Jeremy Drake took out 2nd place in the Science and Health category, behind ACU's Simeon Dale. Dr Drake presented his research into new treatments for breast cancer.

College of Arts researcher Dr Stefan Schutt took out second place in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences category, behind ACU's Dr Michael Theophilos. He presented a community research project involving the use of new technologies to capture and share vintage signs.

The overall winner was Dr Michael Theophilos and the People's Choice Award went to Dr Daniel Bucher from Southern Cross University.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Research Training Professor Warren Payne said the event was an excellent opportunity for academics to further develop their communication and presentation skills.

"The quality of the presentations were outstanding and it was a tough field," Professor Payne said. "Congratulations also to Dr Gaya Rajaraman and Dr Roger Bodman for their excellent presentations on behalf of VU." 

The 5RP is a re-branded version of the previously run Australian Competitive Research Symposium (ACRS) that VU has participated in for the past 2 years.

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