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UNSOMNIA | Applications now open

1 - 29 March 2021
9:00am - 5:00pm
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The UNSW Centre for Ideas is seeking talented UNSW academics, researchers and PhD students to participate in UNSOMNIA 2021. To apply to be a part of UNSOMNIA 2021, you just need to complete a quick application form and submit a one minute video responding to the question: How can we thrive in the 21st Century?


UNSOMNIA is a professional development program which provides a unique opportunity for UNSW academics, researchers and PhD students to finesse their presentation skills and showcase their ideas to UNSW and general public audiences in Australia and across the globe. Now in its sixth year, UNSOMNIA provides participants with expert training in public speaking, developing content for general public audiences and reputation building. 

As a part of the program, participants prepare a 10 minute talk based on their response to the question “How can we thrive in the 21st Century?”, highlighting their research area and expertise. This talk is the foundation of the program, through which participants are provided with a comprehensive opportunity to take their communication skills and research to the next level, culminating in an event (scheduled for July 2021) where participants can capitalise on the experience. At the completion of the program, participants will have created the below resources for future use and promotion:

– A video of your 10 minute talk
– A podcast exploring your topic
– A live presentation of your talk in a general public event
– Headshots
– An illustration to supplement your talk content

Participants don’t need to be polished speakers or widely published academics. UNSOMNIA is looking for interesting ideas and enthusiastic presenters from all faculties and UNSW associated institutes and centres. 

– Participants from previous years have described some benefits of participating in UNSOMNIA as providing:
– Media opportunities to speak on television and radio.
– Invitations to contribute to prestigious journals, magazines and newspapers, and present at international conferences.
– A boost in their academic profile
– Opportunities to engage with general public audiences through external events such as the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and UNTHINKABLE.
– A pan faculty network of like minded academics and researchers with potential for future engagement.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 29 March 2021.

For more information and to apply head here.