Thinking about the 2018 3MT Competition?

Prepare yourself for eternal glory by attending the 2018 3MT Development Series, which kicks off on May 11 with a free one-hour Webinar ‘3MT….is it for me?’. The webinar gives an overview of the competition, including rules, eligibility and judging criteria as well as benefits and support available to enter. This is followed by a series of 3 workshops which support participants throughout every step of their 3MT preparation for their faculty heats, from applying essential principles of drafting a script, development of a visual slide, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, to how to effectively manage nerves and plan for faculty heats. In addition, the final workshop provides an opportunity for participants to deliver their 3MT in a competition-style environment, complete with feedback from encouraging and skilled Researcher Development Unit consultants. Find out more about the 2018 3MT Development Series*.


Some feedback from participants of past 3MT Development Series:

“If you’re seriously thinking about entering the 3MT competition and don’t know where to start, attend the 3MT training series!”

"Progressive learning and staged/step-based preparation was really valuable."

“It was a great experience – not just the competition, but rather for a PhD career and beyond.”

"Learning new skills and building my self-confidence."

"Providing feedback and guidance in a supportive environment."

“I seriously loved it all.”


There were many highlights from the 2017 3MT Competition, where 22 of UNSW’s best and brightest higher degree by research (HDR) candidates delivered bite sized, three-minute pitches of their incredible ground-breaking research to a large audience and a panel of judges for a cash prize and the honour of representing UNSW at the Asia Pacific 3MT Competition

Cooling cities through vegetation, gender equality in Australian schools, saving endangered languages, multiple identities in times of transition, and precision medicine approaches to psychoactive drugs were just five of the concepts which battled it out for top spot in last years’ Final.

2017 Interfaculty Final 3MT Winner, Alice Russo and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of Graduate Research, Laura Poole-Warren.
2017 Interfaculty 3MT Final Winner Alice Russo and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of Graduate Research, Professor Laura Poole-Warren.

Science candidate Alice Russo won first prize for her 3MT titled 'A Novel Solution to a Warty Problem: Ancient viruses can help us find a cane toad killer'. According to Alice,

"Participating in 3MT has given me the opportunity to talk about the complex work our lab is doing with a broad audience. To communicate these ideas effectively, I've really refined my presentation and communication skills”.

Find out more about the 2017 UNSW Interfaculty 3MT Finalists.

The competition highlights some of UNSW’s most exciting doctoral research and is an event not to be missed”, says Professor Laura Poole-Warren, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of Graduate Research.

Researcher Development Director, Cecilia Stenstrom, said that undertaking the 3MT Development Series is beneficial to refining your overall presentation and communication skills, whether you enter the competition or not.

The training helps you focus on the subject matter at hand and verbally deliver your message clearly and concisely, so anyone listening can understand. It really cuts through the verbiage and crystallises your point. We offer a very concise training program which lets participants continue to develop after the event, so I would recommend everyone who can to get involved. I am also pleased to say that the rating for each section of our last series, attended by 104 people, was from 95-99%, so most seem to agree it’s worth attending,” she said.


*Note: Preference will be given to those who have attended both Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, as numbers are limited. Only those who have attended at least 1 of the workshops are able to attend Part 3.

Save the Date for the 2018 3MT Final, Tuesday 18 September, from 4:30pm. Don’t forget to support your peers at the Faculty Heats, dates to be advised in due course.