3 Minute Research Video Competition


 Record your research and win great prizes!


What to do?

Produce up to 3 minute long video clip presenting your research to the general public (on a level which could be enjoyed and understood by a curious teenager). Your video can include scenes of you at work or explaining your ideas, lab bench with the experiment, cartoons, animations, music videos – you name it! The best three videos will be awarded prizes.


Who is eligible to enter?

Any of the below:

1. Any New Zealand PhD and/or postdoctoral and/or masters student working with a MacDiarmid institute investigator or investigators.

2. Any MacDiarmid investigator.

3. Any team made up of the above.



1st place: $500

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $200


Does it cost to participate?

No, it is absolutely free!


How to enter

Send the video files to Justinas Butkus (3minvideo@mesa.ac.nz) by 04/11/2016 (Extended to 14/11/2016), together with your full name, supervisor’s name, associated university, preferred contact email and video clip title.

The submitted videos must be in one of the following formats .MOV, .MPEG, .AVI, .WMV, .3GP and must be no longer than 3 minutes!

If video file is large we recommend sending it using Wetransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox.



Call for entries is now open and will close on 04/11/2016 (Extended to 14/11/2016).

01/12/2016 – Winners announced and prize giving.


Judging criteria

The judging panel will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd places to videos which best satisfy these points:

  • Portray a clear picture of entrant’s scientific research and its importance
  • Understandable for general public (understandable for teenagers)
  • Have a story which is easy to follow
  • Engaging and appealing
  • Good visual presentation
  • Original



Terms and conditions:

By entering the competition the entrants agree with any terms and conditions or their changes (announced or unannounced) raised by the organizer. The entrants must be directly involved in research shown and video making process. The entrants must be associated or their supervisor must be associated with the MacDiarmid institute. The entrants are responsible for any legal, copyright or other requirements associated with video production and distribution, organizer takes no legal responsibility associated with these requirements. The videos submitted to the competition will be made available for public viewing. An organizer slide will be added at the end of each submitted video. By submitting videos and any information to the competition the entrants allow and confirm they have the rights to allow the organizer full rights to the video to distribute, publicize, modify the media submitted and use it on the organizer’s own discretion with or without notifying the entrant. The MacDiarmid Institute will pick the judges and according to their evaluation of the competing videos will nominate 3 best entries that will be awarded prizes. If the video is one of the 3 winning videos the person who submitted the video will be contacted via the email provided and the arrangements for claiming the prize will be made. The organizer is not responsible for any charges such as bank transfer fees associated with transferring the prize money to the entrant. MESA is providing the prizes and any legal requirements associated in receiving the prize such as income declaration is taken upon the person receiving the prize. The organizer has the right to change any of the rules or terms or cancel the competition without any liability or prior announcement.


Entrant- a person who submitted their research video to the competition.

Organizer- MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Association.



Background information

Why video? The medium of the moment.


  • 6 x more effective than print and online. (Atlas)
  • Shared 1200% more than links and text (Simple Measured)
  • 53 x more likely to appear on page one on Google
  • 59% of executives would rather watch a video than read text (Forbes)

2016 is the year of the video!: https://marketinginsidergroup.com/content-marketing/9818/

Science media centre presentation on why video is the medium of the moment: https://prezi.com/watmy3blk_2a/why-video/


Anatomy of science video (presentation): https://prezi.com/yflrx5x4vgjt/anatomy-of-a-video/


Storyboarding advice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux_Em1lVsjI

DIY sound booth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWgLCPaOAzo


Science communication advice from Vanessa Young (Contact Vanessa.Young@vuw.ac.nz if you’d like more tips) :

  1. Know your audience – who are they and why should they care about your research?
  2. Know what key messages you want to get across.
  3. Consider user-testing your messages and concepts on people from your target audience before you get too far down the track of making the video.  Be prepared to change your plan based on their feedback.
  4. Good science communication does not limit you to communicating simple concepts – you can communicate complex research successfully if you do it in the right way.