Date: March 7, 2019

Time: 11am – 12:30pm (heat); 3 – 4:30pm (final competition)

Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, HKU

Livestreaming: (final competition)

Eligibility Criteria

Rules and Judging Criteria 


Registration Deadline: 5pm on January 21, 2019 (NO late registrations will be accepted.)

Each registrant must also submit his/her primary supervisor’s completed endorsement form (downloadable from the Graduate School website) to the Graduate School by January 23, 2019 to complete the registration process. If the completed endorsement form reaches the Graduate School after January 23, 2019, the registration will NOT be accepted.

A briefing session was held for RPg students who are interested in participating in the HKU 3MT:

Date of Briefing Session: December 4, 2018
Time: 1 – 2 pm 
Venue: CPD 2.37, Centennial Campus, HKU

Click here for the presentations.


Schedule of Presentations: 

Post-event Sharing

Mr Alfred AMRUTH
Faculty of Science

The 3MT was a great opportunity for me to test my ability to explain a complicated topic within 3 minutes to a lay audience. Astrophysics is a very humbling science, being the oldest subject to be first studied since in the past there was nothing to do in the night but look up at the stars! It has a strong connection to most people, and nowadays most of the topics are explained in a very complicated manner that the general public cannot easily understand the true meaning behind scientific research. The 3MT allowed me to teach people about seemingly complicated topics like dark matter, and it made me very happy to know that many of the audience enjoyed the presentation and understood the content. I am very grateful to my girlfriend, Stanley Shen, for supporting me and being my practice audience, and I would also like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Jeremy Lim, for teaching me to be an excellent presenter and communicator. Last but not least, I thank my parents for guiding me to become who I am today.


1st Runner-up
Ms Oi Kwan MAK
Faculty of Science

The whole 3MT journey is amazing from preparing the slides and script to coming up onto the stage and presenting my research to friends from other fields. Throughout this journey, I have learnt a lot from how to deliver my work to lay audience within few simple and short sentences and more importantly, is how to present it in an interesting way and give people a take-home message just within 3 minutes. This learning process help me to crystallize my 4 years’ work and also strengthen the link between my research outcome and humanity. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my supervisor – Prof. Billy K.C. Chow for his generous support and himself as a perfect learning model to me. I also want to thank my love, Edmond Kwok for his time and useful advices on my presentation and practising with me. Lastly, big thanks to my lab-mates and friends for their warm support and encouragement along the whole competition. 3MT is not just a competition but a great learning opportunity to all postgraduates!


2nd Runner-up 
Mr Ching-yin Nathan KWAN
Faculty of Arts

I hate public speaking. Participation in the Three Minute Thesis was mandated by my supervisor. The process of preparing for the competition, however, was a useful exercise in many ways. Firstly, I had to learn succinctness (never one of my virtues) in a way I had never done before. Condensing years of research into three minutes was a new kind of struggle. Additionally, I had to make sure the average person could understand, meaning I had to let go of certain terms and phrases (like ‘collaborative imperial hydrarchy’) I had worked so hard to develop and explain in my thesis. The most challenging, and perhaps most rewarding experience, however, was learning to be energetic and enthusiastic in presenting my research. I had to dig deep to manifest the passion I have for my research and present it to an audience, which rewarded me for my efforts.


People’s Choice Award Winner
Mr Chak Man LEE
Faculty of Engineering

It takes a lot of effort to summarize an advanced research work in a three-minute talk while keeping it interesting, simple and easily understandable. Although it is very challenging and perhaps time-consuming, 3MT gives me more than a rewarding presentation experience and I am very grateful to participate in this competition. In saying that, it provides an opportunity to review my work from an entirely different angle and helps me to find its connection and contribution to society. My research journey would not be completed without this missing piece. Finally, I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr Kevin Tsia, my family and colleagues for their kind supports, encouragement and helpful suggestions in this competition.


Online People’s Choice Award Winner
Ms Ashini Dias MAHADURA
Faculty of Science

The 3MT competition is an excellent platform for younger researchers to present their research ideas to non-specialist audience. It is a challenge to use layman’s language for simplifying complex scientific jargon. It is really motivating to see my supervisor, lab members (Plant Systematics and Phylogenetics laboratory) and friends show up at the competition venue. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Richard Saunders for his excellent guidance, and my fellow lab members for providing valuable feedback to improve my presentation. I am particularly grateful to my family, lecturers, friends and students for their support throughout this journey. Finally, I greatly appreciate all your valuable votes, warm wishes and valuable comments from different academic backgrounds all over the world: it makes participating in the 3MT competition a rewarding and very enjoyable experience in my academic career.