Graduate Research School

Three Minute Thesis Competition


Further information

Rules and Judging Criteria


Prizes include research and travel grants.

They are awarded to the winner and the runner-up as selected by the judges, and to the Peoples' Choice winner selected by the audience.


Trans-Tasman 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT)™ competition is an exercise in developing important academic and research communication skills.

The challenge is to give an engaging and dynamic talk on your research topic and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience, in just 3 minutes.

The 2016 UWA 3MT will be held on Thursday 8th September during Research Week.  

The 2015 UWA 3MT competition was won by Marcus Giacci, School of Animal Biology. 

The 2015 Trans-Tasman competition was held at the University of Queensland. Competitors represented 50 Universities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. UWA's Marcus Giacci was selected as one of 10 finalists. 

The 2014 Trans-Tasman 3MT was held at UWA .

Competitors representing 48 Universities at the Trans-Tasman 3MT in 2014


 The finalists were (L to R): Kenny Sabir, Uni of Sydney; Max Halupka, Uni of Canberra; Tridib Saha, Monash Uni, Malaysia; Rosanna Stevens, ANU; Sarah Marley, Curtin Uni; Stephanie-Anne Croft, AUT; Harshani Perera, Murdoch Uni; Leah Coutts, Griffith Uni; Siti Aimi Sarah Zainal Abidin, UPM and Bronwyn Milkins, UWA.

Trans-Tasman 3MT finalistis


The winner was Sarah Marley, Curtin Uni "Say what? Coastal dolphins and noisy environments"

Sarah Marley giving her winning 3MT talk "Say what? Coastal dolphins and noisy environments."


Rosanna Stevens, ANU "Now you see it." was Runner-up and Peoples' Choice Award Winner

Rosanna Stevens of ANU was runner-up and peoples' choice at the 2014 Trans-Tasman 3MT


UWA's Bronwyn Milkins explained how her research may help improve sleep.Bronwyn Milkins UWA explains how her research may help with sleep

UWA competitor Bronwyn Milkins speaks at the Finals of the 2014 Trans-Tasman 3MT 

2013 Trans-Tasman 3MT Winner and Peoples' Choice Award Winner - Kelsey Kennedy from The University of Western Australia