Why your research matters – in 120 seconds!

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published on 20/06/22

Why your research matters – in 120 seconds! Participate in the PhD Video Challenge and present your work creatively to a wider audience

This video challenge celebrates a diversity of built environment research from PhD students in many countries and built environment disciplines. Collectively, these videos will illustrate the importance and interest of emerging built environment research to civil society, politics and industry.

Video Challenge Theme: Why It Matters

The theme of this video challenge is “Why it matters”. This is an opportunity to explain the significance of your research, articulate a ‘big picture’ view of its potential contribution and impacts. Your video should explain clearly, succinctly and creatively why your research matters and how it fits into the wider context and might contribute to society.

It should pertain to research about the built environment and its impacts in the broadest sense: the social and physical resources, creation, use, operation, maintenance & stewardship of the built environment (buildings, neighbourhoods, cities, peri-urban & rural areas, infrastructure) including social, environmental, economic & physical aspects.  

The topic may be transdisciplinary in nature or be based in a specific discipline: sociology, geography, construction, engineering, facilities management, architecture, planning, real estate, urban studies, environmental design, finance, project management, business, etc.

Participating in the Challenge

Any student currently in a PhD program related to the ‘built environment’ and up to one year after their PhD degree award can participate in the video challenge. We encourage creativity and the use of different formats that help to clearly convey your message: live action, animation, still images, visual effects - but the video must be 120 seconds or less!

The best three videos will be awarded with a first, a second, and a people’s vote prize (600 €/ 400 €/ 400 €). Apart from winning a prize: All participants improve their communication skills and enhance the visibility of their work by engaging in this video challenge!

Completed applications and videos must be submitted before Monday, 17 October 2022 noon (UCT / GMT).

For further information about the entry, technical requirements and for guidance and support on how to make a video, please visit the video challenge website of our partner Buildings & Cities:

> buildingsandcities.org/video-challenge

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