Research Impact Competition

The Research Impact Competition showcases research from across all of the University's research themes to an audience of external stakeholders, staff and students. One researcher is selected from each school and institute to compete in the competition, presenting their research in just five minutes using only one PowerPoint slide.

The 2020 Research Impact Competition will be held on Tuesday, 21 October 2020 as part of Research Week. For more information, please contact Judy Foster

2018 Competition

Competition Winners

The 2018 Research Impact Competition resulted in joint competition winners with Dr Emma George from the School of Science and Health and Dr Mike Armour from the NICM Health Research Institute sharing the podium. Their winning presentations were as follows:

  • Active Breed: tackling men's health through rugby league – Emma George
  • The problem of period pain – Mike Armour

Both Emma and Mike received $5000 towards their research.

People's Choice Awardee

Dr Belinda Ratcliffe from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology received the People’s Choice Award for her audience grabbing presentation, Mental Health Prevention in Autism. Belinda received $1000 towards her research.

2017 Competition

Competition Winner

Dr Philippa Collin from the Institute for Culture and Society won the competition with her presentation, Control Shift: changing the debate on young people’s technology practice and impacting policy and practice from Granville to Geneva.


Dr Mark Hohenberg from the School of Medicine was the runner-up with his presentation, What we need as we get older: perceptions from elders and health care staff in the Macarthur region of Sydney.

People's Choice Awardee

Dr Michael Salter from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology received the People’s Choice Award for his audience grabbing presentation, Organised child sexual abuse: prevention, detection and treatment.

2016 Competition

Competition Winner and People's Choice Awardee

Dr Ian Wright from the School of Science and Health was the competition winner and people's choice awardee for his presentation, What happened when research discovered major water pollution of a highly valued river from a coal mine?

Photo of Ian Wright

Competition Winner, Dr Ian Wright


Dr Mark Antoniou from the MARCS Institute received the runner-up award for his presentation, Can learning a foreign language protect your brain?

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Competition Runner Up, Dr Mark Antoniou

2015 Competition

Competition Winner – Evan Alexandrou

Evan Alexandrou from the School of Nursing and Midwifery was awarded first place and $5,000 towards his future research after impressing the judges with his presentation, One Million Global Catheters Worldwide Prevalence Study.


Evan Alexandrou with Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover

Competition Runners-up – Justine Humphry and Vahid Vakiloroaya

The judging panel also announced joint runners-up.

Justine Humphry was recognised for her presentation, Homeless and Connected: Mobile Phones and the Internet in the Lives of Homeless Australians.

Vahid Vakiloroaya was commended for his presentation, Design and Development of a Novel Air Conditioning System for Carbon and Energy Reduction.


Justine Humphry and Vahid Vakiloroaya with Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover

People's Choice Winner – Joanne Orlando

Joanne Orlando was voted the People's Choice Winner for her presentation, Children's Uses of Technology for Learning.


Joanne Orlando with Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover