5RP Victoria University




  • Producer Michael Schubert
  • Right Place, Right Time, with the Right Eye Watching: Talent Identification and Recruitment in Team Sports.
  • Giving Voice to the Silent Game











Welcome to the SoundMinds 5 Minute Research Pitch 2017 Finals Presentations. The 5 Minute Research Pitch is a competition for academics to present their research in 5 minutes. That’s it, they can use 3 slides – and there are no more rules. Pictured above are the 2017 finalists.

Researchers from 7 universities competed this year within their university in two categories:  Science& Health: and Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.  The winner in each category heads off to the finals.

This year, the competition was hosted by Central Queensland University, because one of their researchers [Dr Melanie Hayman] was the 2016 overall winner.  You can hear more from Melanie in the SoundMinds episode Fit4Two where she discusses her innovative and entrepreneurial research about fitness during pregnancy.

The competition was held at the Central Quenland University campus in Melbourne, hosting the competitors from seven universities:

  • Central Queensland University
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Southern Queensland University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Victoria University

It takes more than knowledge about your research.  It takes preparation and precision.  You are disqualified at 5:00 minutes and if the slides don’t work, you’re on your own.  In the world of academics, outside of publishing and taking the knowledge about our world forward, communication is essential, whether to colleagues, students, the public or potential funders.

“So often, this is what’s missing in research, passion for the project and the ability to explain it simply and effectively.”
Professor Scott Bowman (Vice Chancellor, Central Queensland University)






In this episode, two academics who research sport from different perspectives in the College of Sport & Exercise Science  at Victoria University. Dr Paul Larkin is interested in how talent is identified in early career sports people.  Dr Fiona McLachlan discusses the “silent game”.





Dr Paul Larkin

Talented sportspeople need to be spotted, identified, supported, trained and educated.  So how is this achieved?  Dr Paul Larkin’s research investigates the methods of spotting and recruitment.  Given the money invested at the leading edge of sport, you’d think it would be methodical, that “talent scouts” would have it down to a fine art or science.  You’d assume that they were finding the best of the best and that chance, personal bias and serendipity had no place in the process.  Well, think again, as you listen to “Right Place, Right Time, with the Right Eye Watching”.





Dr Fiona McLachlan

Fiona started exploring the historical and social perspectives of a sport that has one of the highest participation rates across all sports – netball.  What she found was very little, given the dominance of this sport in all parts of Australia.  There was little record of it’s existence compared to the minutiae of details, records and memorabilia from other notable Australian sports. She enlisted citizen researchers to fill the void as she coordinates the social history of netball in Victoria, in her talk, “Giving Voice to the Silent Game”.


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