WORKSHOP – Visualising Research: Telling Stories of Discovery

Dates: Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December, 1000-1600 each day

Participation fee: $25 inc GST per person

Using video to communicate research is increasingly becoming a necessity for researchers. Having a strong video story that encapsulates and communicates your research vastly increases the probability of your research being picked up by the media, the public and your target research audience. Digital channels open up further myriad opportunities for direct engagement by a wider audience with your research journey.

Excellent writing to articulate research asks nothing less than an understanding of the expressive power of language, alongside an awareness of the choices made in structuring an argument. And with video, we must ask the same. Being able to use video to communicate your research effectively means you can inspire and engage a wide audience, and ensure that key ideas are not diluted or misunderstood.

This workshop takes a practical, hands-on approach for using video to help tell stories of research and discovery. The workshop will support researchers to develop their understanding and skills of AV presentations of their research. Participants will produce short films as part of the workshop process. The workshop is an intensive introduction to basic video production and editing. The workshop will also provide you with strategies for producing and disseminating a range of video in the future.

On completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key phases of video production from pre-production to post-production.
  • Use everyday technology such as mobile phones to effectively capture video material and interviews in a variety of settings that can be used for communicating research.
  • Incorporate knowledge of formats to effectively produce source material for short, high impact reports from field to lab.
  • Implement strategies for creating video for and as research and have an excellent understanding of how to work effectively with others to produce high impact video stories.

Participants are encouraged to bring video and still images from their work with a view to incorporating this into a field report.

Martin Potter: The Reel Story *
Martin has developed and produced internationally acclaimed participatory media works with a focus on the Asia Pacific including Big Stories, Small Towns ( and The White Building project (

His focus is on facilitating work that supports marginalised groups and individuals to tell and share their stories into a range of settings. He has worked extensively in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Australia. Martin also produces documentaries including 20 hours of commissioned broadcast television. His participatory media and documentary projects have received over $10 million in funding, been featured at over 50 international festivals and received a range of awards including an Emmy for Digital Non-Fiction, TED City 2.0 Prize and SxSW Community Champion.

Martin is based at Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts, is a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation and associate investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage ( He is a director of the Big Stories Co. ( and board member for the non-profit video for change organisation Engage Media (

In exchange for this heavily subsidised workshop price, the ESA intends to share videos produced in this workshop via an online map on our website (and encourage others to contribute) to highlight ecology stories and research from around Australia.