Faculty Three Minute Thesis (3MTTM.) Challenge 2012


Each year the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment’s Three Minute Thesis (3MTTM.) Challenge provides an opportunity for their higher degree by research students to communicate their research to a wider, non expert audience. The competition concept originated at the University of Queensland in 2008, and is designed to develop the relevant communication skills needed to effectively communicate your research in engaging and appropriate language suitable for the audience. It expanded to a national level in 2010, with 33 universities in Australia and New Zealand competing. The University of Sydney 3MTTM. is held each year in second semester with the winner competing in the national finals.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment held its first 3MTTM. competition in 2011 as the final session in its annual Faculty Research Symposium. In 2012 there are seven competitors for the title and cash prizes, with the final taking place once again in the afternoon during the one-day Research Symposium: SOIL SECURITY, co-hosted by the Faculty and the United States Study Centre on Tuesday 17 July 2012.


FROM 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The goal of the competition is to assist research students to develop academic research and communications skills. Competitors were judged on communication style, comprehension / clarity and engagement. The challenge is to take complex research and communicate it in an engaging fashion that a non-specialist audience can understand. Only one static power point slide is allowed. Presentations are restricted to three minutes or less.

The winner receives $500, the runner-up $250, and the winner of the People's Choice Award (voted by the audience) $375.

Faculty Finalists

Vicki Aerts

Vicky Aerts
“Do plants suffer from smoker’s cough?”

Waqar Ahmed

Waqar Ahmad
“Fate of native and applied lime in Australian agricultural systems”

Viola Devasirvatham

Viola Devasirvatham
“Improving heat tolerance in chickpea”

Yunying Fang

Yunying Fang
“Can biochar mitigate climate change through soil carbon sequestration?”

Mana Gharun

Mana Gharun
“Tree-mendously thirsty? Ecohydrology of eucalypt forests”

Marco Harbush

Marco Harbusch
“Climate change! Will eucalyptus lose their heads?”

Hasneen Jahan

Hasneen Jahan
“Money or mangroves: environmental and economic trade-offs in shrimp farming”

Judging Panel

The Dean, Professor Mark Adams, will be joined on the judging panel by three alumni from diverse career paths

For more information

Ms Skaidy Gulbis

T 02 8627 1006