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Pitch Club Challenge (PCC) Final

The annual Pitch Club Challenge (PCC) Final was held on Monday, 18 June in the USQ Toowoomba Refectory commencing at 4.30pm.  

This annual event is a competition that cultivates early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) and research students’ presentation and research communication skills. Preceded by a one-day research pitch training workshop, participants were provided with tools and techniques to effectively explain their research in three or five minutes (research students or EMCRs respectively), in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Workshop participants underwent an internal heats live presentation where they were allowed three PowerPoint slides each, but no other resources or props. Twelve finalists are normally chosen to progress to the Pitch Club Challenge Final which was held during USQ’s Research Week. Monetary prizes for research purposes were awarded at the PCC Final.

To learn more about the benefits of being involved in USQ’s Pitch Club Challenge, listen to Dr Adina Piovesanna, the 2017 national Australian Research Pitch Winner -  Click here to play the 1min 27 sec recording. 

In 2018, eleven finalists took part int he Research Pitch Club Challenge final.

Taking out the Research Students category was Arlen Rowe with her presentation Fighting for the Underdog: Cancer in Rural Queensland, Followed by runner-up William MacAskill with Getting Older and Getting Breathless and then second runner-up Ryan du Preez with Red Seaweed Gets Green Light.

There were two winners in the Academic Staff category, with both going forward to the 5-Minute Research Pitch (5MRP) national finals to be held on 19 November at USQ Springfield - Dr Ali Mirzaghorbanali with Enhancing Safety in the Mining Industry and David Steggall with "It Showed Me How I Feel": Clowning as Child Protection Work.

The WILEY Better Futures Award is provided to a research project that identifies the potential to be commercialised and was awarded to Ali A Mohammed for his presentation Novel Self-locking Jacket for Structural Repairs. A Highly Commended was also given to Dr Ali Mirzaghorbanali for his presentation Enhancing Safety in the Mining Industry.

In 2017, twelve finalists pitched their research at the Pitch Club Challenge Final.

The PhD winners were:

  • Winner: Dananjali Gamaje with the title - Feeding the Future in a Changing Climate
  • 1st runner-up: Naga Ghattamaneni with the title – Colourful Foods for a Colourful Life
  • 2nd runner-up: Madeleine Arber with the title – Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

The ECR winners were:

  • Tracy Kolbe-Alexander (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences category) with the title - A
    Hard Day’s Night: Shift Workers and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Adina Piovesana (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths category) with the title - Billy Slater Tackles a Car

This is a competitive event with a winner and two runner-ups announced from the research students, and an EMCR winner each in the STEM and HASS categories.