Australian Society For Fish Biology

Student Communication in Science Competition (SCiSC)

SciSC

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 students to develop and demonstrate their multimedia and oral communication skills.    

To apply, eligible students should create & upload a video (http://www.thinkable.org/vote_competitions/asfb-student-science-communication-awards) 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 on the Thinkable competition website (above).

In addition, the two top ranking entrants from each Australian State/Territory and New Zealand will be eligible to complete in the final oral competition at the ASFB-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.

The SCiSC is currently sponsored by the Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit (Murdoch University).

Value of awards

  • The top ranking videos for each of the categories of junior (Honours) and senior (Masters, PhD) students on the Thinkable competition page will receive a prize valued at $500 each.
  • The top ranking oral presenters for each of the categories of junior (Honours) and senior (Masters, PhD) students will receive a reimbursement of their conference registration fee for Hobart ASFB-OCS conference 2016.

Closing date for applications

  • Online closing date for uploading videos is 8 weeks from being advertised (i.e. 9th June 2016)

Conditions and process for applications

  • Student entrants must be ASFB members to be eligible for the competition (register here: http://www.asfb.org.au/membership/).
  • 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 the Thinkable competition platform: http://www.thinkable.org/vote_competitions/asfb-student-science-communication-awards 
  • 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 (above), 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 a prize valued at $500 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.

Contacts

General information: Stephen Beatty (s.beatty@murdoch.edu.au), chair of the Education Committee of ASFB

Technical support: support@thinkable.org

Past Award Winners:

2016 (Hobart, Tasmania)

Video Competition Rapid Fire Oral Presentation
Senior: Lachlan Fetterplace (Uni Wollongong) The ecology of fish on marine sand: Implications for fisheries and marine protected area management: Will reef fish beat the heat?
Junior: Evelyn Fetterplace (Uni Wollongong) Moral Panics and Techno-Fixes: The social shaping of shark deterrent technologies.
Senior: Sasha Whitmarsh and Lauren Meyer (Flinders Uni) BRUVHEART
Junior: Nathan Beerkens (Murdoch Uni) Black Bream physiology.