Why Research Matters – Video Presentation Competition

Why Research Matters is a postgraduate video competition run by the Union of Students in Ireland and sponsored by the Irish Research Council. The goal is to put the creative minds of the island’s postgrad research community to work by developing new and intriguing ways to deliver a short video presentation about your research, and why it matters.

While we all remain at home it can be difficult to maintain the same level of continuity with our work, so why not remind yourselves and the country about the value of what you do and how it aims to advance knowledge and change lives?

This call opens on June 1, 2020 and will remain open for two-and-a-half weeks. The submitted videos will be assessed and shortlisted by the IRC and USI, with the winner being chosen from the shortlist by an external judging panel including RTÉ Brainstorm curator, Jim Carroll.

The competition aims to showcase the varied and high-quality work being undertaken by postgraduate researchers across the island.


The call is open to any postgrad registered to a higher education institute on the island of Ireland, regardless of funding or area of research.


There will be a €500 (or sterling equivalent) prize for the best video. With permission, shortlisted videos will also be shared on the IRC and USI social media channels.

Competition Info Video by Sara Dowling, VP Postgrad Affairs, USI


How to Apply

Videos and application forms can be submitted by email to communications@research.ie with the subject line USI/IRC Video Competition. Where size is an issue, applicants can use WeTransfer. You are asked to fill in a short application form found on the top right hand side of this page and to check a box to confirm that you have familiarised yourself with the IRC Data Protection Notice, which can be found here.

Videos should aim to be 3 minutes in length and no more than 5 minutes. The only requirements are that you state your name, institution and funding source (if any) to video before you start your presentation and that you explain, by whatever means you chose, why your research matters.

You may be as creative as you wish, using slides, graphics, presentations, props, performance or any other relevant means to convey your research and area of interest. Best of luck!

Key Dates

Call Opens1st June 2020
Call Closes18th June 2020, 7pm
Finalists Shortlisted19th June 2020
Finalists Judging Panel19th - 26th June 2020
Winner Announced 29th June 2020

Further Information

If you have any queries regarding the call, please contact communications@research.ie and include the subject line USI/IRC Video Competition.

Data Protection Notice

Please read our updated Data Protection Notice.

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