3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that showcases UNSW’s innovative PhD candidates, who have just 3 minutes to explain their world-changing research and why it is important.


We are excited to announce our 2022 3MT Finals will be back in-person this year. 

Join us on 31 August at Leighton Hall, and hear the best and brightest UNSW PhD candidates pitch their world-changing ideas.

Date:  Wednesday, 31 August

Time:  4:30pm – 8pm

Venue:  UNSW Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building (G19)

Our 2022 Judges

Professor Attila Brungs is a senior leader in the Higher Education industry and a passionate advocate for innovation. He believes that universities not only have a responsibility to prepare students for the jobs of the future but also to help create jobs for them to go to.

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Prof Penny Martens is currently the Deputy Dean of Graduate Research and a Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW Australia in Sydney. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, USA in 2002. She then took up her academic position at UNSW in 2003. Her area of expertise is in polymer synthesis and characterisation, particularly the rational design of complex biomedical polymer systems. Specifically, she is focused on developing biosynthetic hydrogels for applications ranging from fundamental polymer design to cell encapsulation to conducting coatings for implants. She has worked on several approaches to covalently incorporating biological polymers into her poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogel systems, as well as various polymerisation methods.

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Dr Sonu M. M. Bhaskar, MD PhD FANA is an internationally acclaimed Physician- Scientist, Academic Neurologist, Healthcare Executive, Board Director & Social Entrepreneur. Dr Bhaskar is the Director of Global Health Neurology Lab in Sydney, Australia; Founding Director and Chief Investigator of NSW Brain Clot Bank – a flagship world’s first clot biobanking initiative in the prevention and treatment of strokes; Chair/Co-Manager of Global Health & Migration Hub Community, Global Health Hub Germany, Berlin; Rotary District 9675 Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Board Director & Chair of Youth, Rotary Club of Sydney; Past International Director, International Rotary Fellowship of Healthcare Professional/Doctors (IFRHP, UK); Editorial Board Member of several prestigious medical journals including BMC Neurology and Frontiers in Neurology, and a Fellow of the American Neurological Association (ANA) and a member of several prestigious societies including the European Academy of Neurology, Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), among others.

Dr Bhaskar leads national and international initiatives on reducing health disparities with a focus on vulnerable populations and under-resourced settings. During the COVID19 pandemic, Dr Bhaskar is leading the Pandemic Health System REsilience PROGRAM (REPROGRAM) international consortium formed to champion the safety of healthcare workers, policy development and advocacy for global pandemic preparedness and action. Dr Bhaskar's work has been featured in Sydney Morning Herald, 9 News, SBS News Australia, Forbes, Reuters Health/Medscape, Rotary Down Under, and ABC News-MSN.

Dr Bhaskar has been recognised in Australia and overseas for his exceptional contributions to the vocation of neurology, research, global humanitarian initiatives, public service, and the wider community. He is the two-time winner of the 2019 European Academy of Neurology Investigator Award, 2020 Rotary Districts 9675/85 Vocational Excellence Award, 2021 Paul Harris Fellow recognition by Rotary International, and the 2021 Australian Government's distinguished Global Talent Immigration (GTI) visa grant. Dr Bhaskar is passionate about advocacy and leadership for social impact and innovation, rooted in diversity, inclusion, community, and belonging. 

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What an exciting time for research in Australia. So many amazing thesis projects. The passion of our researchers to provide innovative responses to societal challenges shows me that we are in the hands of competent and thoughtful future leaders.

Liza-Mare Syron

Scientia Senior Lecturer

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It’s always a privilege to hear tomorrow’s intellectual talent. The science is there, and so is the passion. But there is also the argument, WHY this is important! From the politics of energy to the understanding of the sense of touch, from veggies on verges, to the handling of E-waste.

Robyn Williams

Science journalist

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