Making the most of industry student events

The Excellerate Australia education and training program matches the finest engineering talent with industry to work together on research projects.

These projects help develop innovative technology for Australia and the global market.

We offer both a PhD and undergraduate industry student program.

How does the undergraduate industry student program work?
The undergraduate program involves a year long research project which provides students with hands-on experience and companies with resources to assist with their research and development.

Excellerate Australia hosts three key events to help undergraduate students succeed and develop during their research project.

We encourage students to make the most of these events by:

  • clearly communicating their research goals
  • establishing connections with other students and industry contacts
  • getting as much feedback and advice as possible
  • checking the research trends that are leading the way in Australia

Industry student welcome event
Friday 29 April 2016 at State Library Melbourne
Welcomes students to the Excellerate Australia education program. Provides tips on how to succeed and make the most of the program from past students, professors and Excellerate Australia staff.

Industry student poster event
Friday 5 August 2016 at GM Holden, 191 Salmon St, Port Melbourne.
Students get to present their research via poster presentation and recorded 30 second elevator pitch. They will receive valuable feedback and advice from industry experts and professionals, along with the opportunity to network and establish new industry connections.

Industry student end of year conference
Tuesday 4 October 2016 at Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre
The end of year conference is the highlight of the industry student education program where students showcase the outcomes of their research, and join the celebrations at the award ceremony by toasting the winners.

The benefits of industry student research projects are numerous – read about some of the key benefits to both students and industry.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS – upcoming industry student poster event
You will need to prepare a poster and video presentation for the event being held in August 2016.


To assist you with the preparation of your poster, please refer to the poster template. This poster template indicates where photographs, logos, student/industry mentor/university supervisor details should be positioned along with recommended font sizes, etc

Poster orientation should be portrait and printed AO size (841mm x 1189mm) in a matt finish. The posters must be professionally printed. Synthetic paper is a highly suitable finish and can be easily rolled and transported on a plane if traveling from interstate.


You will be required to submit a 30 second elevator pitch to communicate your research briefly and clearly. Your 30 second elevator pitch video will be displayed at the event – so practise, practise, practise!

How to submit your elevator pitch
1. Use your smartphone or video recorder to record your elevator pitch
2. Save as an MP3, MP4, WMV, MOV or MPEG file
3. Upload your video and details via the submission form by Monday 25 July 2016

Read the 10 top tips on how to present well and watch this video on how to prepare a self-introduction before you start filming

The best videos will be promoted on this website and social media and displayed in the GM Holden Atrium during presentations. The 3 best posters will also be displayed at GM Holden for the following fortnight.

Good luck – contact the Excellerate Australia office on 03 9948 0450 if you have any questions.

For more information, check out Excellerate Australia’s website.

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