Australian Society For Fish Biology

Student Communication in Science Competition (SCiSC)

ASFB

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.  Entries close April 30th 2017.

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.  Entries close April 30th 2017.

NEW - 2017 PRIZES!!!

  1. 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 Albany ASFB Conference (flights, transfers, registration, accommodation).
  2. In additional, a total of $2000 will be divided equally among all of the other entrants (excluding the two online winners) in the competition to be used towards their expenses to attend Albany ASFB Conference.
  3. One additional “Member’s Choice” award will be given out at the end of the conference to the video submission that gets the highest number of ASFB Member’s only votes with voting to occur at the conference in Albany (but viewing of the videos can occur prior). This person will receive reimbursement of registration costs to the conference.

The SCiSC 2017 competition is sponsored by ASFB and the Perth Convention Bureau.

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).
  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. Period to prepare and submit the production before the deadline April 30th 2017.
  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 Albany conference to maximise exposure of the research.
  12. One additional “Member’s Choice” award will be given out at the end of the conference to the video submission that gets the highest number of ASFB Member’s only votes with voting to occur at the conference in Albany (but viewing of the videos can occur prior). This person will receive reimbursement of registration costs of the conference

Value of awards

  1. 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 Albany ASFB Conference (flights, transfers, registration, accommodation).
  2. In additional, a total of $2000 will be divided equally among all of the other entrants (excluding the two online winners) in the competition to be used towards their expenses to attend Albany ASFB Conference.
  3. One additional “Member’s Choice” award will be given out at the end of the conference to the video submission that gets the highest number of ASFB Member’s only votes with voting to occur at the conference in Albany (but viewing of the videos can occur prior). This person will receive reimbursement of registration costs of the conference

Closing date for applications

  1. Online closing date for uploading videos is April 30th 2017.

Contacts

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

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.