5RP University of Tasmania




  • Producer Michael Schubert
  • Flavonoids – Rich Food For Thought
  • Understanding how International Law can Govern Negative Emissions











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)


Two academics from the University of Tasmania pitch very different projects. Dr Katherine Kent from the Centre for Rural Health ressearches flavonoids and cognition and asks us to consider “Flavonoids – Rich Food For Thought”.  Dr Kerryn Brent from the Faculty of Law considers present “Undersanding how International Law can Govern Negative Emissions.





Dr Katherine Kent

Katherine Kent (nee Caldwell) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Rural Health. Katherine has a background in nutrition and public health and is interested in the field of nutrition, cognition and ageing. Specifically, Katherine is involved in research that investigates the impact of fruit flavonoids on cognitive and physical outcomes, especially in older adults with dementia. Katherine is also interested in evaluating and improving current methods that estimate dietary flavonoid intake.

Kerryn Brent photo





Dr Kerryn Brent

Kerryn’s research has been focused on international law and governance in regard to the new global technologies, such as geoengineering, that are increasingly being considered as part of the broader discourse around global climate responses.  In this talk she addresses the role that international law can play in governing negative emissions.


A People’s Choice Award, voted by audience members at CQUni Melbourne, and via a webcast, went to Dr Katherine Kent.  In addition Katherine took second place in the Science and Health Discipline.  Dr Kerryn Brent placed third in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences discipline.


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