5RP Southern Cross University




  • Producer Michael Schubert
  • Does Bleaching Mean Nemo Cannot Find His Home?
  • Childbirth injuries and Leaking Bodies: Stories from Kenyan Women











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 from Southern Cross  University present their current research.  Dr Anna Scott, who researches anemones and anemonefishes in subtropical reef habitats asks “Does Bleaching Mean Nemo Cannot Find His Home?” and Dr Glory Gatwiri, Kenyan born birthing expert, who brings us the sobering tale of “Childbirth injuries and Leaking Bodies: Stories from Kenyan Women”





Dr Anna Scott

Dr Anna Scott works in the Marine Ecology Research Center and uses sea anemones and anemonefishes as model organisms to answer a variety of research questions throughout tropical and subtropical reefs of the Indo-Pacific.  Anna’s research has four main themes, which include: investigating the reproductive biology of host sea anemones, developing captive breeding techniques to support marine ornamental aquaculture, documenting the distribution and abundance of anemones and anemonefishes, and determining the impacts of bleaching and climate change on various aspects of the symbiosis.





Dr Glory Gatwiri
Dr Glory Gatwiri lectures in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.  Glory researches into areas relating to childbirth and immigration.  Her work involving the oppression of women in Kenya through obstetric practices is brought to light in her talk “Childbirth injuries and Leaking Bodies: Stories from Kenyan Women”.


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