Top Talks 


The inaugural Top Talks 2019 event showcases exceptional oral presentations from VCE Extended Investigation students.

Selected students will share their original and rigorous independent research and findings through 8–10 minute presentations.  Following the presentations, a Q&A panel will be held with the presenters, giving audience members the opportunity to learn more about students’ research topics and methods, as well as their experience studying VCE Extended Investigation.

Top Talks presenters

Four VCE Extended Investigation students from 2018 have been selected to present their oral presentation at State Library Victoria on Friday 15 February 2019.

Stephanie Barito

University High School, Parkville​

Topic: How does ultraviolet irradiation (254nm) of canola seeds (Brassica napus) infected with a fungus (Leptosphaeria maculans) impact the presence of disease on the seed?

Luca Irmici

Fitzroy High School, North Fitzroy

Topic: Do East Timorese students currently studying in Melbourne think that remembering and acknowledging Timor-Leste's recent past (Indonesian occupation) plays a part in the emergence of a national identity?

Kailyn O'Connor

Mornington Secondary College, Mornington

Topic: The influence of attitudes, facility provision and informative signage on recycling behaviours. How do attitudes, facility provision and signage direct recycling behaviours in a cohort of Australian secondary school students?

Ryan Walker

Melbourne High School, South Yarra

Topic: What difference has the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) made to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) attempting to access therapy and what opportunities are there to further develop this scheme?

​Note: Oscar Wycisk (Dromana Secondary College, Dromana) was invited to present the findings of his research question: Does an individual's perception of musical tension and resolution exist due to a mathematical principle?​ Oscar was unavailable to present on the day.

​​Selection process

Students who have completed VCE Extended Investigation are not required to submit an application for Top Talks. Participants will be selected via the Externally-assessed Task (EAT) assessment process. Participants must receive an A or an A+ for the EAT, and an exceptional mark for their oral presentation.

The selection panel ensures all presentations are considered fairly according to the criteria and cover a breadth of research topics. The VCE Season of Excellence team and other VCAA staff members have no input into which talks are selected.

Invitations to present at Top Talks will be sent to participants by post in mid-December 2018.

Venue information

Top Talks will take place at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library Victoria on Friday 15 February 2019, 11am-12.30pm.

Participants can take part in a library highlights tour before or after the event to get to know State Library Victoria and discover how invaluable it can be for research. Tours will take place at 10.00am and 1.00pm on Friday 15 February 2019.

Booking tickets

This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Tickets to the event and the tours are available through State Library Victoria.

We encourage students and teachers of VCE Extended Investigation, and schools interested in offering the study, to attend.

The library also offers VCE Research Essentials workshops and tours. 

Venue information

Entry to the Village Roadshow Theatrette is via La Trobe St, Melbourne.

Public transport

State Library Victoria is located next to train and tram services.

Melbourne Central station

City loop train to Melbourne Central Station.

Swanston street trams

Trams 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 to Stop 8 on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets.

City Circle trams

City Circle Tram  to Stop 6 on the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets.


There are separated bike lanes in both directions on Swanston and La Trobe streets. Bike racks are located on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets.

For more information about visiting State Library Victoria, please go to the State Library Victoria website.

Educational resources

Curriculum and assessment resources can be found on the Extended Investigation study page.​​