Impact in Sixty Seconds Competition 2016

MVLS Impact in Sixty Seconds Competition flyer

After the overwhelming success of our inaugural Impact in 60 Seconds competition, we challenged our early career researchers to again explain their research in a 60 second film that could be understood by anyone. And they delivered!

The standard of entries this year showed creativity, ingenuity and originality.

Winning entries  - MVLS Impact in Sixty Seconds Competition 2016

We were delighted that the competition was again sponsored by Aridhia and supported by Glasgow City of Science. Excitingly this year, there was also initial contribution from the BBC Science and Factual Department. Royal Television Society and BAFTA Scotland Award winning Producer/Director Matt Barrett, who has produced a number of BBC Science documentaries and Jane McLaughlin, Talent Manager at the BBC Science for Specialist and Factual documentaries came to the University in October and held a “Communicating Science” talk to our research community. This reflects that the BBC recognises the importance of engaging the public in scientific research and additionally the importance of enabling the researchers to communicate their research. They were keen to get involved in our Impact in 60 Seconds Competition 2016 following the amazing entries that were showcased as part of the 2015 competition.

We used the opportunity of Aridhia celebrating their office opening within the Clinical Innovation Zone, Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning centre, part of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, to announce the winners of the competition. Chris Roche at Aridhia welcomed guests from industry, both UK and international, academia and government by commenting “We are excited by the innovation and important work produced by the university and Stratified Medicine Scotland – Innovation Centre, and we are pleased to be able to make our own valuable contribution in this field. Our new office puts us at the forefront of the precision medicine frontier, and it’s fulfilling to work alongside our peers in Scotland’s national hub for precision medicine, and collaborate so closely on life-changing projects”.

Dr Carol Clugston, Chief Operating Office of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences commented that all of the judges, Dr Susie Mitchell of Glasgow City of Science, Pamela Brankin, Head of Marketing & Communications at Aridhia and Dr Jane Townson, Deputy College Secretary, had commented that the standard of entries had increased. Dr Clugston announced that the judges had decided that:

  • Ellanor Whiteley from the institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences was the Winner of the Best Individual Entry.

  • Paula Sweeten, Hannah Donnelly and Natasha Lewis from the Centre for Cell Engineering within the Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology were the Winners of the Collaborative Group Prize.

  • Julie Miller from the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine was the Winner of the Best Data Story Prize.

Photo of impact in sixty seconds winners

The diverse audience were incredibly impressed by the video entries shown and the winners, who were all in attendance at the event, were commended on their submissions.


Pamela Brankin, Head of Marketing & Communications at Aridhia commented “Aridhia are delighted to have been part of this competition again in 2016. All of our employees are sent the film entries and are asked to vote on how engaging they are, how understandable they are and how dynamic they are. The involvement of everyone recognises the significance of engagement and communication between collaborators in the field of medical science”.

Paula Sweeten, a Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Cell Engineering and group prize winner said “This competition has definitely enhanced my appreciation of the importance of communicating research to our stakeholders. The ability to engage with stakeholders is a priceless skill and this competition gives you a unique opportunity to do that. It’s great to know that we communicated our message effectively, and that everyone enjoyed watching the video and learning about our work. It’s really been an incredible opportunity to engage with a winder group of scientists in Glasgow and the opportunity to do that and be remembered for it is amazing”.

City of Glasgow and Aridhia logos

View competition invitation and details.