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"The next presenter is... Mr Chan Ming Yan!" I walked up the staircase and cleared up my mind with excitement. I imagined myself to be embraced by cosmos and stardust. "I love astronomy, and I wish everyone in the audience also loves astronomy after my presentation", I said to myself. With this belief, I started my presentation. Astronomy is the oldest natural science studied by human beings. To understand the celestial objects, astronomers apply possibly every single advancement of human's wisdom into the field. Condensing the essence of astrophysics in 3 minutes is not an easy task. I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr Jeremy Lim for being a role model of excellent science communication skills since I was an undergraduate. I would also like to express my gratitude to the generous support of the Swire Scholarship for providing a unique ambiance of knowledge exchange in the Robert Black College.
Champion and Online People’s Choice Award Winner 
Mr Ming Yan CHAN, Brian
MPhil, Faculty of Science
Participation in the 3MT competition has been an immensely interesting experience. To explain the summary of 4 years of lab work and experimental results within 3 minutes was a challenging task, not only because of the time limit, but also because the presentation had to be made accessible to people from various fields. This competition did infuse a sense of strength, confidence and responsibility to make people aware of my ongoing work, a challenge-taking attitude to make people of divergent backgrounds to care about my work, and above all, it made me try to deeply analyze the basic take-home messages of my own work. I would specially want to thank my parents for their unconditional love and support. A big thanks to my friends who stood by me and encouraged me throughout the competition. Last but not least, I would like to thank my supervisor, Professor Zhongjun Zhou, who encouraged me to participate in this competition in the first place. Taken together, 3MT has been a competition worth putting effort into!
1st Runner-up and People’s Choice Award Winner
Ms Shrestha GHOSH
PhD, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Putting years of research into a 3-minute speech is no easy task and presenting it explicitly in an appealing way to the general public is even more challenging. 3MT is a very unique experience compared to all my previous academic talks. It provides me an opportunity to share on stage my research in a non-technical way with people of diverse background. Throughout the competition, I have received valuable comments and warm encouragement from different individuals. It makes this journey of participating in 3MT rewarding and enjoyable. Lastly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my supervisor Dr Anderson Shum for his advice, and my fellow labmates for their support.
2nd Runner-up 
Ms Sze Yi MAK, Sibyl
PhD, Faculty of Engineering


Date of Competition: Monday, March 6, 2017

Eligibility Criteria

Rules and Judging Criteria

Register HERE

Registration Deadline: 6pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 (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 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to complete the registration process. If the completed endorsement form reaches the Graduate School after January 18, 2017, 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: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 1 pm – 2 pm
Venue: P6-03, Graduate House

Click here for the presentations.

Schedule of Presentations:

Videos of Candidates and Awardees

Members of the public, colleagues and students are cordially invited to vote for the most engaging presenter for the Online People’s Choice Award via YouTube until 1700hrs, March 15, 2017. You can vote for any one of the finalists below. The finalist with the most “LIKE” votes on YouTube will be awarded a book voucher of US$130.

Champion and Online People's Choice Award Winner

Candidate No. 3

Mr Ming Yan CHAN
MPhil, Science

1st Runner-up and People's Choice Award Winner

Candidate No. 7

Ms Shrestha GHOSH
PhD, Medicine

2nd Runner-up

Candidate No. 23

Ms Sze Yi MAK
PhD, Engineering

Candidate No. 5

Ms Hui-Chun CHEN
PhD, Science

Candidate No. 8

PhD, Arts

Candidate No. 13

Mr Kin Sum LEUNG
PhD, Science

Candidate No. 17

Ms Tze Kwan LI
PhD, Social Sciences

Candidate No. 19

Ms Yun LI
PhD, Engineering

Candidate No. 24

Mr Maurits Bastiaan MEERWIJK
PhD, Arts

Candidate No. 25

Mr Tsz Fung NGAI
MPhil, Arts

News in Brief

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 2017 of HKU was successfully held on March 6, 2017. This year 31 research postgraduate (RPg) students participated in the competition, and 10 finalists were shortlisted to compete for 3 prizes decided by the adjudicating panel and the People’s Choice Award decided by audience ballot. The Online People’s Choice Award was awarded to the finalist who received the most ‘LIKE’ votes on YouTube after the competition.

The 3MT was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. It is an academic competition that challenges RPg students to explain their research within 3 minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by RPg students and encourages them to develop the skills to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKU, officiated at the final competition. Mr Francis Tin-fan Yuen, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Ortus Capital Management Ltd, and Mr Edward K.F. Chow, Founder and Chairman of China Infrastructure Group and HKU Council member, served on the adjudicating panel as external members. Internal members of the adjudicating panel included Professor John Bacon-Shone, Associate Director of the Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO), who served as the Chairman of the panel, Professor John Kao, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), Dr Roger Chan of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Professor Paul Cheung of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Professor Adam Jaworski of the School of English and Professor Ben Young, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Congratulations to all the winners of the HKU 3MT Competition 2017. They are:

Champion and Online People’s Choice Award Winner
Name: Mr Ming Yan CHAN, Brian 
MPhil candidate in the Faculty of Science 
Presentation Title: Peering Through Space and Time with Nature’s Cosmic Telescope
Primary Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Jin Leong LIM

1st Runner-up and People’s Choice Award Winner 
Name: Ms Shrestha GHOSH
PhD candidate in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Presentation Title: Live Life…Queen Size…
Primary Supervisor: Professor Zhongjun ZHOU

2nd Runner-up
Name: Ms Sze Yi MAK, Sibyl
PhD candidate in the Faculty of Engineering
Presentation Title: Control of Water-Based Fluid in Microfluidics
Primary Supervisor: Dr Anderson SHUM

“If you want to translate your research or innovation into real impact on society, you have to make it accessible beyond academic publications. You have to make it readily understood by potential funders and partners, the media and the general public. That’s why we want our RPg students to develop such awareness during their studies, and we encourage the final-year RPg students to challenge themselves by joining the 3MT,” Professor Peter Mathieson says.

The HKU 3MT Competition was jointly organized by the Graduate School and KEO.

Awardees, finalists and supervisors at the HKU 3MT Competition 2017 with President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson and members of the adjudicating panel

(From left, back row) Professor John Carroll (supervisor of the finalist Ms Dao Zi Huang), Professor Andy Hor (Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor [Research]), Dr Roger Chan, Professor John Kao, Mr Francis Tin-fan Yuen, Professor John Bacon-Shone, Professor Peter Mathieson, Professor Adam Jaworski, Mr Edward K.F. Chow, Professor Mee Len Chye (Dean of Graduate School), Professor Paul Cheung, Professor Bernadette Tsui (Director of Development & Alumni Affairs Office), Professor Ben Young, Dr Anderson Shum (supervisor of 2nd Runner-up Ms Sze Yi Mak), Dr Jetty C.Y. Lee (supervisor of the finalist Mr Kin Sum Leung)

(From left, front row) Mr Maurits Bastiaan Meerwijk (finalist), Ms Dao Zi Huang (finalist), Ms Yun Li (finalist), Mr Tsz Fung Ngai (finalist), Ms Shrestha Ghosh (1st Runner-up and winner of the People’s Choice Award), Mr Ming Yan Chan (Champion and winner of the Online People’s Choice Award), Ms Sze Yi Mak (2nd Runner-up), Ms Hui-Chun Chen (finalist), Ms Tze Kwan Li (finalist), Mr Kin Sum Leung (finalist)

2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition

The 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition was held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane. Doctoral students representing 55 universities in Australia, New Zealand and Asia competed in this competition. 

The 1st Runner-up and People’s Choice Award winner of the 2017 HKU 3MT Competition, Ms Shrestha Ghosh, PhD candidate in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, represented HKU in the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition. Please click here for more details.

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