For any questions you might have on anything relating to IMPACT7 2020, please find them below! If we’ve missed one, or you’re still unsure about something, please feel free to get in touch and challenge our friendly staff on 03 9663 3093 or at team@impact7.com.au.


What time will the day start and finish?

Registration will open from 8:30am with tea and coffee being available upon arrival. The presentations will run between 9:00am – approximately 4:00pm with networking drinks to follow.

How many people will be there on the day?

An audience of approximately 250 guests are expected to attend IMPACT7.

How do I get to the venue?

Venue name: Storey Hall, RMIT
Building 16, 336–348 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Public Transport:
Located on Swanston Street, near the corner of La Trobe Street and across the road from Melbourne Central train station. You can catch a City Loop train to nearby Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along Swanston Street or it is three big blocks to walk. Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72. Tram routes 24, 30 and 35 run along La Trobe Street.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.

No on-campus parking is available for guests. There are commercial car parking options just a short walk away such as Wilson Parking (65 La Trobe St) from $19 a day (early bird) and QV parking (180 Lonsdale St) from $12 a day (pre booking). Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.

More information about the venue here »

What should I bring to IMPACT7?

We hope you’ll join our efforts to be more waste-wise at IMPACT7 by bringing a water bottle and coffee cup which can be rinsed and refilled at water stations around the venue!

I have special dietary requirements. Will I be catered for?

There will be plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free food available for breaks and lunch but if you wish for us to cater for any specific dietary requirements above this, or have any other needs we should be aware of, please let us know at team@impact7.com.au.

Will presentation slides be made available after the event?

Yes. All slide decks that presenters have given permission to share will be emailed to attendees post-event so please be patient. And the three minute presentations given by the presenters will be also made available.

Have more questions?

Please feel free to contact us at team@impact7.com.au or call 03 9663 3093.


Will physical tickets be issued?

No, all attendees will receive a nametag when they arrive at the event.

I can no longer attend. Can a colleague attend in my place?

No problem. Please drop us an email on team@impact7.com.au or give our friendly staff a call on 03 9663 3093 with the details of who will be replacing you and we’ll sort you out.


How do I apply?

Head over to our application page for more info: www.impact7.com.au/2020/apply/

What is the cost of applying?

It is free to apply and if selected, free to present at IMPACT7.

What kind of applicants are you looking for?

We are open to projects/ideas/innovations/companies at all stages of maturity and from all industries.

There are three key criteria:

  1. Projects with the greatest (potential) impact on one or more of the 7 greatest challenges
  2. Projects which will benefit from participating in IMPACT7
  3. Projects which are diverse (IMPACT7 is a national event, so we are on the hunt for projects from across the country, from different organisations, industries and institutions, early stage to later stage – running the full gamut of experience)
    1. Above all, we are looking for projects which will grab the interest of the audience and appeal to a broad constituency!

    What do you mean by ‘impact’?

    ‘IMPACT’ is about what impact will your project/solution/company have on humanity? On making the world a better place? About creating change for good? – whether that’s social change or through avenues like commercialisation. Applicants must be ‘impacting’ one or more of the 7 challenges identified.

    ‘Impact’ does not mean the number of publications published or citations received.

    IMPACT7 is guided by the ARC definition of Research Impact:
    “Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.”

    How will I know if I’ve been selected?

    You will be contacted via the email address you submitted with your application.

    Can I receive feedback on my application?

    IMPACT7 is happy to provide informal feedback to applicants once the final presenters have been confirmed.

    What is the commitment required for IMPACT7?

    Successful applicants will be required to attend the one-day event in Melbourne on Tuesday 24 March 2020. There will be opportunities for informal dry-runs on Monday 23 March 2020 at Storey Hall to familiarise presenters with the venue and sharpen up their pitches. Additionally, we will host virtual briefing sessions in the lead up to IMPACT7 to better prepare each presenter and presentation.

    Each presenter will be required to prepare a three-minute ‘impact statement’, and respond to questions from a panel of IMPACT Leaders. Travel grants are available for interstate presenters.

    What are the benefits of being involved?

    Presenters will have the opportunity to present their impactful work to hundreds of influential representatives from industry, enterprise, investment, government and research. IMPACT Leaders will be on-hand to offer invaluable guidance and feedback. IMPACT7 gives you the opportunity to take the next step towards realising the impact of your work through the connections you make on the day!

    How do I prepare to present?

    Each presenter will offer a three minute ‘impact statement’, concentrating on the ‘impact’ your work is creating. Keep in mind that IMPACT7 is about amplifying and celebrating exciting research, not necessarily about ‘pitching’ for investment (although presenters should feel welcome to ask the room for what they need – be it partnerships, mentors, runway, or investment!).

    Each applicant will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine the help and guidance needed to prepare for IMPACT7. We will ensure that all applicants are provided with the preparation they need for a standout presentation.

    How many people will present on the day?

    How many will present at IMPACT7 depends on the calibre of the applicants! Some ‘Challenge’ categories may have more presenters than others depending on the impact and nature of the applications received.

    We expect to receive over 100 applications, and anticipate the selection of around 20-30 presenters.

    Can I bring along a co-presenter?

    We would discourage you from having a co-presenter. Keep in mind that each presentation is only 3 minutes long so it may be difficult to organise multiple presenters within this timeframe. However, it is up to you on how to best showcase your work.

    Do you cover travel and accommodation for the successful applicants/presenters?

    Travel grants are available for successful applicants to travel to Melbourne for IMPACT7. Some KCA member universities are also providing travel grants for their successful applicants. When applying, please identify if you would like to apply for a travel grant. Your travel grant will include return flights to your home city and accommodation for the night of 24 March 2020.

    Do you offer support to help prepare an application for IMPACT7?

    For assistance with your application, please contact: Kate Lewis at kate@impact7.com.au.

    How are the applications evaluated?

    A team of science, industry, technology and sustainability enthusiasts will evaluate the applications and select the successful applicants to present at IMPACT7. When selecting the presentations we aim to create an impactful day full of diverse content, if you are not selected one year we encourage you to apply again for future IMPACT7’s. Please note that selection is not based on merit – this is a celebration not a competition!

    Stay in the loop

    To receive updates about IMPACT7 and be subscribed to the mailing list, send us an email with your first name, last name and email address to signup@impact7.com.au.

    Past years:

    2018 | 2017