Australian Society For Fish Biology

Student Communication in Science Competition (SCiSC)

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The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) Student Competition in Science Communication (SCISC) awards are aimed at creating an opportunity for early-career students to develop and demonstrate their multimedia and oral communication skills.

To apply, eligible students should create & upload a video about their research, of up to 3-minutes in length to the competition page https://www.thinkable.org/competitions

A junior (Honours level) and a senior (Masters/PhD level) winner will be chosen via public online voting. One additional “Member’s Choice” winner will also be chosen at the Melbourne ASFB conference. 

Entries close July 31st 2018.

The SCiSC 2018 competition is sponsored by ASFB.

https://www.thinkable.org/competitions

NEW - 2018 PRIZES!!!

The top ranking videos for each of the categories of junior (Honours) and senior (Masters, PhD) students on the Thinkable competition page will each receive $1000 dollars to be used for costs associated with attending the Melbourne ASFB Conference (flights, transfers, registration, accommodation).

One additional “Member’s Choice” award will be given out at the end of the conference based on: ASFB Member’s votes at the conference in Melbourne (but viewing of the videos can occur prior) + a Judging panel consisting of the ASFB Education Committee members (50:50 weighting of Members/Judges votes).

The Member's Choice winner will receive reimbursement of registration costs of the Melbourne conference + original drawing of a species of their choice by Stick Figure Fish.

The SCiSC 2018 competition is sponsored by ASFB.

RULES

1.  Student entrants must be ASFB members to be eligible for the competition (register here: http://www.asfb.org.au/membership/).

2.  There will be two categories: junior (Honours) and senior (PhD / Masters), plus all entrants will automatically be considered for the Members Choice award.

3.  Entry will be in the format of a short video presentation (3 min maximum video or audio slides).

4. 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. 

5. The entrants will upload their video by clicking 'apply' on the competition page: https://www.thinkable.org/competitions 

6.  All entrants should provide an acknowledgement that the video is part of the ASFB SCiSC competition of that year.

7.  Deadline for submission of videos will be July 31st 2018. 

8.  Online voting will consist of voting through Thinkable competition page, and should be based on: Significance and novelty of the research, Aesthetic appeal of the production, Communication of the research content. 

9.  Online voting period will be 6 weeks from close of entries.

10. 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.

11. Videos from all entrants will be played on a loop at the Melbourne ASFB conference to maximise exposure of the research.

12. One Junior and one Senior winner will be awarded based on the entrants with the highest number of online votes for each category.

13. One additional “Member’s Choice” award will be given out at the end of the conference based on: ASFB Member’s votes at the conference in Melbourne (but viewing of the videos can occur prior) + a Judging panel consisting of the ASFB Education Committee members (50:50 weighting of Members/Judges votes).

Value of awards

 The Junior and Senior winners will each receive $1000 that must be used for attending the Melbourne ASFB conference (including towards registration, flights, accommodation, transfers, meals).

The Member's Choice winner will receive reimbursement of registration costs of the Melbourne conference + original drawing of a species of their choice by Stick Figure Fish.

Closing date for applications

Online closing date for uploading videos is July 31st 2018

Contacts

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

Past Award Winners:

2017 (Albany, Western Australia)

Video Competition Rapid Fire Oral Presentation

 Senior (online winner): Salman Khan (Aligarh Muslim University).  Importance of ageing precision and stock identification in fishes.

ASFB Members Choice winner: Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons (Macquarie University). Top shelf bottom feeders: Provisioning in stingrays.

Senior: Julianna Kara (Macquarie University). Accelerometry reveals diel activity patterns in Port Jackson sharks, Heterodontus portusjacksoni.

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.