Digital media

OxTALENT 2018 winners

This category has identified some of the best releases on Oxford Podcasts and Oxford’s iTunes channel this year. It also reflects the variety of forms that media artefacts can take: animations, interactives, short video, more substantial documentaries made available on other channels. Co-judges in this category were Kirsty Heber-Smith, Website and Digital Media Officer for Oxford Sparks, and Karen Carey, Educational Media.


Chico Quevedo Camargo (Brasenose College) for ‘BláBláLogia - a scientific outreach YouTube channel

Chico Camargo in one of the videos from his Top Models series on YouTube

Chico Camargo is part of an international community of scientists who have come together to create engaging and accurate online content

This YouTube channel started in 2016 with daily videos in Portuguese, on topics ranging from space travel to ecology to film making, all aiming at educating, while also entertaining. Today, BláBláLogia has over 140 thousand subscribers, almost 10 million views.

The goal was very clear: to produce accurate scientific content in Portuguese, and make it appealing for online audiences on Youtube – and Chico and his international team smashed it!

Chico Camargo in one of the videos from his Top Models series on YouTube

As writer and host of the show Top Models, Chico Camargo talks about theoretical models in the language of internet video

Chico Camargo's motivation, enthusiasm and activity is exemplary. He brings accurate science information to a wide audience in an engaging way.

OxTALENT judges

Runner Up:

April Burt (Queen’s College) for the Aldabra Clean-Up Project Campaign Video

a swarm of fish in the ocean

The Aldabra Video draws attention to plastic pollution by contrasting rubbish-strewn beaches with beautiful landscape imagery, stressing the urgency of this clean-up project

April wanted to make a video that firstly highlighted how valuable Aldabra atoll is; as a wildlife refuge, as a beacon of conservation success to the Seychelles but also to the international community and as an important laboratory in which to measure environmental change in the absence of human impact. She wanted to show the devastating effects that marine plastic pollution is now having on this site and lastly what we intend to do about it. April turned the footage she collected over years into a stunning video for the Aldabra Clean-Up Project.

plastic bottles and other plastic rubbish on a beach

The project aims at removing tonnes of ocean trash from Aldabra's shores - its campaign video significantly contributes to raising awareness and crowdfunding

The OxTALENT judges really liked April's film. For a campaign video on the very hot topic of plastic pollution, it is engaging and the narrative was very clear, the choice of music is particularly good and holds the video together well. It really highlights a very important issue beautifully.

Some beautiful nature photography that would have done David Attenborough proud!

OxTALENT judges

Hon Mention:

Ben Micklem (MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, Pharmacology) for Video: Beta burst dynamics in Parkinson’s disease OFF and ON dopaminergic medication

This  video is a 3 minute summary of a research paper on signals recorded from deep within the brains of patients affected by Parkinson's.

man with glasses speaking

Dr Gerd Tinkhauser, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, explains the implications of the new findings illustrated in this video

The results are presented by the paper's first and last authors, and are illustrated using animated diagrams cut into the footage. These include moving brain signals and fluid graphs responding to them; animations of the electrodes inside the patient, of brain cell networks sending electrical signals, and of patients walking related to their brain patterns.

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The video effectively uses visuals to show the correlation between beta bursts and the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease

The judges very much enjoyed this video abstract, and given that the entrant is self-taught in many of the media disciplines, they felt that it was an extremely competent piece of work and highlighted important research effectively and concisely. The production quality is very good throughout and the animation work very impressive.

A very competent piece of work that served it's purpose well!

OxTALENT judges

Hon Mention:

Fiona Moultrie (Trinity College), Rebecca Slater (Green Templeton) and Charlotte Moultrie for How do babies feel pain?

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Simple illustrations help draw non-academic audiences to this video

This is a short animation to explain how brain imaging methods could be used to image pain in babies.

Pain research in infants is highly emotive and generates a huge amount of public interest. The simple animations in this video explain the importance of understanding pain in babies, the difficulties of assessing their pain, and how researchers are applying exciting new imaging techniques to understand what is going on in their brains and find out whether certain medicines can help to relieve their pain. This video is suitable for a very broad audience including parents of infants on the neonatal unit, the general public, and school children, as well as scientists, doctors and nurses. It highlights the unique work currently being undertaken at Oxford in partnership with the John Radcliffe Neonatal Unit and the University Departments of Paediatrics and Clinical Neuroscience.

an illustration of a baby in an incubator with a magnifying glass

This short animation explains how researchers can use brain imaging methods to illustrate how babies feel pain

The judges found that it was both informative and visual and to cover such a broad target audience ranging from school children to the medical profession would have been an immense challenge, but they have this spot on which is a considerable achievement.

We imagine that to cover such a broad target audience would have been an immense challenge for anyone and we think they have this spot on which is a considerable achievement - well done!

OxTALENT judges


Congratulations to our winners in the Digital Media category!

About this category

The digital media category reflects the variety of forms that media artefacts can take: podcasts, animations, short videos (stills and/or moving images), more substantial documentaries... in fact, the only limit is your imagination! Many will have been released through Oxford on iTunes and the University's Podcasts portal, but they can also have been released through other channels, including websites or virtual learning environments like WebLearn.

Your media artefact can have been developed to support teaching, learning, outreach, public engagement (including making your research accessible to a wider audience). Or, it can serve any other purpose relevant to life at the University such as student wellbeing or extra-curricular activities (clubs, societies etc.).

You are eligible to enter even if you've had professional help, but we ask you to let us know on the entry form what assistance you received. Also, producing audiovisual material must not be your primary role. Find out how to enter

What the judges will look for

Your entry will be assessed in terms of:

  • How clearly you have defined the purpose of your media artefact, including the intended audience.
  • How you designed and developed your artefact.
  • The extent to which the content reflects the stated objectives.
  • The extent to which the production quality is of an acceptable standard.
  • Evidence (qualitative and/or quantitative) of impact: i.e. people have engaged with your artefact and provided feedback.
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