Expert Communicator Boot Camp

2021 dates:

Learning how to communicate your expertise to others is crucial for a successful career post PhD, inside and outside of academia. Over three days candidates will learn how to write and present to an audience what their research is and why it is important. If you are keen to improve your interpersonal communication and be more persuasive and confident when giving speeches – we have set the stage for you to achieve your personal and professional goals in a safe and supportive environment.

What is a boot camp?

The boot camp method was developed at the University of Melbourne by Peta Freestone, Liam Connell and Katherine Firth. Borrowing from popular novel-writing boot camps in the United States, boot camp is a three-day immersive workshop where participants get specialised instruction and time to put the learning into practice.

At ANU we have reworked the basic boot camp formula to provide support for different types of writing projects and challenges. Each boot camp has a ‘stretch target’ to work towards and you are expected to write in the company of others who are attempting the same thing. Boot camp has specific attendance requirements, which are there to ensure that you get the most out of the experience. Boot camp combats the isolation of the PhD experience, providing a supportive environment to motivate you and make friends with others who are sharing the same experience.

What to expect?

Victoria Firth-Smith has trained and mentored research candidates present for success for six years, with a background in TV and Radio, she brings together a group of experts to train you from speechwriting, to presenting in 3 days. Since Victoria has worked with ANU 3 Minute Thesis candidates, ANU has led the world in prize tallies, and has had the largest audience for PhD research worldwide. 

The format will be a three-day master class, strictly limited to 50 people from The Australian National University. This opportunity is available to PhD and MPhil candidates. If you're keen to face the fear and learn to present confidently and clearly, this is the camp for you. You are not required to participate in the 3 Minute Thesis competition, however, we suspect that you'll be keen to claim the $5,000 prize after this course.

We will offer places on a first-come, first-served basis but will prioritise PhD candidates who have completed TPR if there are too many applications. Successful applicants will be notified by email. 

If you have a question about this bootcamp, please contact Victoria Firth-Smith on

Application closing date

31 May 2021
Applications open for this opportunity: 
19 May 2021
Study level: 

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