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UNE 3MT 2020 Video

Congratulations to this years Winner Toni Petronaitis from the School of Environmental & Rural Science.

If you would like to see Toni's winning 3MT presentation or any of our talented finalists, please follow the link below.

UNE 3MT Digital Final

This years event was held online on the WEDNESDAY 9th of SEPTEMBER 2020. The UNE 3MT Final's competition will be back in 2021, so stay tuned to UNE Social Media.

We highly recommend that if you are a HDR candidate at UNE, and you wish to your communication and presentation skills to the next level that you joins us in 2021.

Despite the change in presentation from last years LIVE format, this year will ONLINE DIGITAL format is sure to give our talented Higher Degree Research Candidates the opportunity to present their research using their online research presentation skills.


The 2020 Agenda is available in a PDF file

View Agenda

Come and be apart of the Audience

Have a friend participating, keen to see what the UNE 3MT is all about, click on the link below to register

Register to attend

2020 3MT® Event Goes ONLINE

Due to COVID-19, for 2020 the whole 3MT moves to a temporary virtual format.

This means that instead of preparing a face to face presentation you can prepare a video presentation and have that judged ONLINE. This is a fantastic opportunity to hone your online research communication skills. Even though live presentation is a valuable skill you can deliver your research story by recorded video this year and that means no nervous presentation in front of a crowd.

The basic principles of the content and delivery of your research in 3 minutes is the same as previous years but the mode of presentation is by recorded video.

This means that this year instead of presenting in front of a live audience you are required to prepare a presentation using a video recording.  To do this you need to prepare:

  • Two PowerPoint slides
    • A title slide
    • A single static presentation slide
  • One audio-visual recording of you presenting your 3MT talk for 3-minutes.

The title slide is used to introduce you and the static presentation slide can be:

  • Embedded into your 3-minute audio-visual recording
    • As an insert in the top right-hand corner or
    • Cut to during your audio-visual recording (for up to one minute of your 3-minute audio visual recording time).

Your 3MT audio visual recording will then need to be uploaded to your Vimeo account; an account you will need to set up so that your video presentation can be made available for judging through your Faculty or School.

Please see below for more detailed information on how to participate in the 2020 Virtual 3MT competition.

3MT® Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

The University of New England is running the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Each Faculty or School will be hosting their own 3MT Competition prior to the UNE 3MT Final Event.

  • The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law - Thursday 6th August
  • The Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education - Monday 17th August
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Health - Monday 24th August (Applications to be submitted prior to 5pm)

There were a number of speakers from each of the Faculties in the UNE 3MT® Final Event.

** PLEASE NOTE UPDATED DATE ** The UNE 3MT® Final Event will be held on Wednesday 9th September, 2020

Thinking of participating?

Registrations to the 3MT® competition are processed within each School or Faculty. Please ask your supervisor or the HDR Coordinator about how to register.

There are resources to help you prepare your 3MT presentations for your School / Faculty presentations and on to the UNE 3MT Final.

2020 Virtual Competition Rules and Recording

Modifications to the 3MT rules have been made to accommodate the new virtual format. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech

Please note: Timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video.

Videos must meet the following criteria:

  • Filmed on the horizontal;
  • Filmed on a plain background;
  • Filmed from a static position;
  • Filmed from one camera angle;
  • Contain a 3MT title slide; at the beginning;
  • Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to);
    • a single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, in the top right corner/right side of presenter;  OR
    • maybe 'cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute.
  • The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • Submissions via video format (only video link provided to Event Coordinators). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted.
  • Entries submitted for final adjudication to Wildcard or University Final are to be submitted from the School/ Faculty/Institute 3MT Event Coordinator. Competitors should not submit their videos directly to 3MT.

Please note: Competitors *will not* be judged on video/recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.

Please note: After each competition round competitors have the option to either submit their current presentation or rerecord and submit a new presentation for entry into the next round.

Preparing your 3MT Slide

Before you start work on your slide, you should take the following rules into account:

  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted;
  • No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are permitted;
  • Your slide is to be presented from the beginning of your oration; and
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.

If you need to reference a picture, image or any kind of content in your slide, you can do it on the title page or at the bottom of the slide in a small box.


You may like to consider some of the following suggestions.

  • Less is more: text and complicated graphics can distract your audience – you don’t want them to read your slide instead of listening to your 3MT.
  • Personal touches: personal touches can allow your audience to understand the impact of your research.
  • Creativity drives interest: do not rely on your slide to convey your message – it should simply complement your oration.
  • Work your message: think about how your slide might be able to assist with the format and delivery of your presentation – is there a metaphor that helps explain your research?
  • An engaging visual presentation can make or break any oration, so make sure your slide is legible, clear and concise.


Preparing your 3MT Recording

Recording your presentation can be done using a camera and or handheld video recorder however most phones allow you to record through the camera function and most computers have recording ability (via camera or webcam) using inbuilt programs such as:


  • Camera App
  • Microsoft Photos - Video editing feature
  • QuickTime
  • iMovie

You might also consider using  Zoom.

Framing - Two Options

  • Set up your shot so you are in the centre of the frame, not being cut off at the top and so you can be seen from the waist up. Ensure there is equal space and just the blank wall background on either side of you.
  • Set up your shot so you are to the left of the centre of the frame without being cut off at the top and so you can be seen from the waist up. The right side of the video frame should be just the blank wall background, as this is where your slide will be edited in.

You may need to edit your recording by adding your continuous presentation to the right hand side of you.  To do this go to website - (or any video editing platform you are familiar with, Kapwing is a suggestion only)


Zoom - how to record yourself via Zoom

How to create engaging videos (PDF)

Submitting your 3MT Presentation

Video editing

Go to website - (or any video editing platform you are familiar with, Kapwing is a suggestion only).

  • Create an account by signing in with Google or Facebook
  • Go to My Workspace - click new project - click start with studio
  • Click start with blank canvas
  • Rename Studio Draft (top of page) - Name - 3MT Title
  • Click add scene - left hand side to show 2 blank scenes
  • Adjust output size (16:9 - widescreen) - right hand side

Scene 1

  • Highlight scene - click upload - insert 3MT Identifying Details as a JEPG
  • Fill in the PP with your details and save a copy as a JPEG for uploading - does not upload PP

Scene 2

  • Highlight scene - click upload - insert 3MT Video file or URL link
  • Highlight scene - click upload image - insert 3MT PP slide - highlight 3MT PP slide - click lock ratio - adjust size and place in top right hand corner / or on right hand side
  • Save a copy of your 3MT PP slide as a JPEG for uploading - does not upload PP
  • Save draft and review
  • Publish
  • Copy link and upload your final presentation to Vimeo - The Vimeo link to your video is the link you will submit to your 3MT Event Coordinator along with your 3MT PP slide so the judging panel can view and assess your presentation.

Uploading to Vimeo - Computer

  • Ensure your completed video has been copied to your desktop or laptop device from your phone or tablet
  • Create your own personal Vimeo account and log in at Click ‘log in’ on the left of the top toolbar
  • Hover over the blue ‘New Video’ button in the top right and select ‘upload’ from the drop down menu.
  • Either drag and drop your file for upload or manually select your file by clicking ‘or choose files’. The upload should begin automatically.
  • Ensure the privacy setting is set to ‘Anyone can see this video’.
  • Ensure the setting ‘People can add to collections’ is switched on.
  • Give your video a title: Name_3MT Title

Update video description to the following:

  • 2020 3MT Competition
  • Name:  Your Firstname and Surname
  • 3MT Title: Your Name_3MT_Title of your presentation

You need to submit the following to your 3MT Event Coordinator

  • Vimeo link to your video
  • 3MT title slide and
  • 3MT PowerPoint slide

The judging panel can then view and assess your presentation.


How to create your UNE Zoom Account (PDF)

How to upload and submit a Video presentation on Vimeo

The UNE 3MT Video Final Event Prize List

There are some fantastic prizes available! The winner of the UNE 3MT® Final Event will go on to compete in the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition, on the 1st of October, 2020 via Video Submission.

As usual the top 3 presentations and if possible the Audience Choice will all receive cash prizes to support student research.

  • 1st Prize - up to the value of $1000 travel support to attend a domestic research meeting.

Further information

Competitors record and edit their 3MT presentations (using any available recording or mobile device) and upload to a Vimeo account (competitors to set up a personal Vimeo account) and provide the presentation link to their university 3MT Event Corodinator for consideration in their university 3MT competition (School/ Faculty/University).

The links below take you to the University of Queensland 3MT® website. The 3MT Handbook link will take you to more detailed information on how to prepare you video 3MT presentation for 2020.

FAQ for competitors can be found on the UQ wewbsite at Frequently Asked Questions

Recordings of previous 3MT presentations can be found on the 3MT vimeo channel and UNE's HDR RAP - Resources and Advice Portal. (Go to the Three Minute Thesis Tile, there a number of past winner from UNE 3MT Competitions)

Please email if you have any questions or  search Contact details for the HDR office