Animal welfare graduate researcher wins third place in international PhD competition

First year Animal Welfare Science Centre graduate researcher Carmen Glanville has won third place in the international Visualise your Thesis (VYT) competition for her presentation, “Protecting Pets by Changing People."

Previously, she was named the winner of the University of Melbourne's VYT competition.

You can watch Ms Glanville’s entry below, and all entries are available here.

The international competition judges said: “This a powerful and compact piece of storytelling. The opening is almost cinematic and immediately draws you in. Then you manage to explain the details of your project clearly using some well thought out animations and a minimum of text.”

Visualise your Thesis competition challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second, eye-catching digital display.

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Graduate researcher Carmen Glanville.

Entrants are tasked with developing a striking looped presentation to encapsulate their research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives.

Ms Glanville’s PhD research aims to understand the underlying motivational factors – the values, beliefs and attitudes – that contribute to companion animal neglect, and to target these factors in an evidence-based behaviour change program to improve animal welfare.

She said she was grateful for the experience the competition gave her.

“Ultimately, my research aims to change people’s behaviour,” she said.

“To achieve this, I need people to understand and connect with my message.”

Ms Glanville said the competition was a fantastic opportunity to develop her abilities and incorporate digital tools into communication of her research.

“It is a very daunting task to condense all your complex ideas and work into 60 seconds, and in some ways feels like you’re not doing it justice or selling yourself short,” she said.

“But in doing so, Visualise Your Thesis pushes you to find clarity and create something that allows people from all backgrounds to engage with your work as opposed to it being just another PhD on a difficult-to-grasp topic.”

Her graduate research is supervised by Professors Grahame Coleman and Paul Hemsworth, and Dr Lauren Hemsworth.

Professor Coleman, a researcher of public attitudes to animal welfare in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, said communicating research effectively is a vital part of changing community behaviour.

“Carmen’s PhD project is a highly innovative exploration of our motivations to care for companion animals and how to change human behaviour to improve their welfare,” he said.

“Communicating this research is an essential aspect of behaviour change.

“Congratulations Carmen! This award for your clear and emotive presentation is well-deserved, and speaks very well to your approach to your graduate research.”