The competition is open to Masters by Research or Doctoral students in any university in Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific.
Students must be enrolled at the time of entry, but may still compete if they submit their thesis for examination prior to the conclusion of the competition.
Each university may select one student as their representative and should provide this student with an allowance to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and meals.
The university who's representative wins the 2011 Australia and New Zealand 3MT Competition will host the competition in 2012.
All competitors will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research.
Eligibility, rules and criteria for the 2011 Australia and New Zealand 3MT Competition to be held at UWA on Thursday 29th September 2011.
The presentation will comprise a talk which may be supported only by a single static PowerPoint slide. This means that animations are not permitted, additional electronic media such as sound and video files are not permitted, additional props such as costumes, instruments or pieces of scientific equipment are not permitted.
Presentations are strictly limited to three minutes. Competitors whose talk exceeds three minutes will be disqualified.
The decision of the judging panel is final.
Presentations will be judged on the basis of three criteria:
1. Communication style: was the thesis topic and significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? For example
2. Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience to understand the research? For example
3. Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more? For example
The members of the judging panel for the 2011 Australia and New Zealand 3MT™ Competition will be announced closer to the competition date.