2023 marks the fifth International Visualise Your Thesis programme, where students selected by local programmes run by universities from around the world participate in the Visualise Your Thesis International programme.

Latest Programme Updates

Announcing the 2023 judges

We are excited to announce our judges for this year's Visualise Your Thesis programme: Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles and Dr David Phipps!  Our judges will review the entries and select the first, second and third prize winners. The prizes will be simultaneously announced in person at the e-Research Australasia Conference held in October and online.

Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles

Image of Siouxsie Wiles standing on a road

Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles MNZM heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland where she and her team are on the hunt for new antibiotics. Siouxsie is a firm believer that research doesn’t end with a peer-reviewed publication, so has spent years learning how to communicate and demystify science. She’s won many awards for her efforts, including the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Communication and in 2019 was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication. In early 2020, Siouxsie joined forces with Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science of the COVID-19 pandemic clear and understandable. Their award-winning graphics have been translated into multiple languages and were used by governments and organisations around the world. Siouxsie was the Supreme Winner of the Stuff Westpac 2020 Women of Influence Award, one of the BBC’s 100 influential women of 2020, and the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Image credit: Eve Mackay

Dr David Phipps

A headshot of David Phipps

Dr David Phipps is a global leader in research impact, and the Assistant Vice-President, Research Strategy & Impact, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation at York University, Canada. In this role, David is the administrative lead for all research programs and their impacts our communities, including graduate researchers. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. David also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilisation.

Trending on VYT

We are excited to announce that the Trending on VYT prize is back, sponsored by Figshare. The participant achieving the highest number of views for their video on the VYT 2023 Figshare repository between Monday, 02 October 2023 00:01 – Friday, 06 October 2023 23:59 AEDT will be recognised.

Start spreading the word and getting ready to share your favourite videos!

The individual with the most views in the Trending on VYT event will receive a Research Impact Academy 1-year Gold Membership. The Research Impact Academy is committed to unveiling the remarkable research being conducted worldwide through specialised training solutions, consulting, and global membership for researchers and research support staff. The Gold Membership includes the following:

  • Access to checklists, cheat sheets, and workbooks
  • Access to monthly webinar recordings
  • Be part of the Members Only Facebook community
  • Access to all Research Impact Summit Interviews
  • Two 30-Minute consulting sessions
  • Quarterly member meet-ups.

Find out more about the Research Impact Academy here.

Figshare, the prize sponsor, is dedicated to empowering early career researchers to enhance their scholarly communication skills, making it an ideal tool to complement their skills developed through the Visualise Your Thesis programme. Figshare hopes the recipient will continue to openly share their future scholarly research on Figshare!

Trending on VYT rules

  • The winner will be the individual whose video on the VYT International Figshare repository achieves the highest number of views.
  • Views will be counted between: Monday, 02 October 2023 00:01 – Friday, 06 October 2023 23:59 AEDT.
  • No bots allowed! Each view must originate from a real and genuine person.

Participating Institutions 2023

Australian National University


Curtin University

Deakin University

Federation University Australia

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Queensland University of Technology

Swinburne University

The University of Glasgow

The University of Melbourne

The University of Newcastle

The University of Queensland

The University of Sydney

University College Dublin

University of Adelaide

University of Canterbury

University of Johannesburg

University of Pretoria

University of Technology Sydney

UNSW Sydney

Victoria University

Please note that Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and registrations for institutions to host a local Visualise Your Thesis programme in 2023 are now closed.


The 2023 International prize pool is:

1st  prize - AUD$ 5,000

2nd prize - AUD$2,000

3rd prize - AUD$1,000

2023 Programme Timeline

March - 5 June

Institutions submit an expression of interest and register to host a local Visualise Your Thesis programme.

March - August

Visualise Your Thesis local programmes held at individual universities worldwide. Winners of local Visualise Your Thesis programmes are entered into the International Visualise Your Thesis Programme (online).


Trending on VYT is a way to engage students in promoting their videos online and for the videos about their research to reach even more people. It’s a win-win! Share your entry using the Figshare DOI link and with the hashtag #TrendingOnVYT.

The winner is selected based on how many views their video receives on the VYT International Figshare repository between Monday, 02 October 2023 00:01 – Friday, 06 October 2023 23:59 AEDT. The winner will receive a Research Impact Academy 1-year Gold Membership, sponsored by Figshare.


Visualise Your Thesis prize announcement to be made online and in person at the e-Research Australasia Conference


The International Visualise Your Thesis showcase is powered by figshare. figshare also the sponsors of the Trending on Visualise Your Thesis  prize.

Contact us

For further information, institutions can contact visualise-thesis@unimelb.edu.au. You can also connect with us by following the Visualise Your Thesis LinkedIn.

Please note: University of Melbourne graduate researchers should visit the UoM Visualise Your Thesis site.