UNSW BE would like to congratulate Phillippa Carnemolla and Shamila Haddad for making it through to the Interfaculty Final of UNSW’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The 3MT competition was developed in 2008 for PhD and Master (Research) students to succinctly present their thesis topic to an audience that is unfamiliar with the subject matter. The competition challenges students to use non-specialist language, helping them to consolidate their thinking around their area of research.

The research of PhD student, Shamila, is on thermal comfort, energy efficiency and building performance in high schools. Shamila’s 3MT, entitled ‘Children's thermal comfort in school classrooms,’ aims to develop a thermal comfort predictive model for primary school children.

Phillipa’s PhD looks at the importance of home modifications in community care programs for older people and those living with a disability. The title of the 3MT is ‘Access all areas: Measuring the value of accessible built environments.’ It illustrates the connections we make with the built environment and the inevitability of health changes. Phillipa explains how the design of our homes can help us maintain our independence, particularly as we age.

The final will be held on 5 September at Leighton Hall, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and we would encourage everyone to go along to support Phillipa and Shamila. The winner will then go on to represent the university at the 2013 Australia and New Zealand competition. At this final you will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Click here for more information on the UNSW 3MT Competition and to register