Universitas 21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalisation.

All of the Universitas 21 25-member institutions are research-led, comprehensive universities providing a strong quality assurance framework to the network's activities.

Following a successful launch in 2013, the U21 3MT 2016 competition will pit the leading presenters from each U21 member university against one another. Each participating member will hold their own internal 3MT competition to select a local winner who will then be put forward (via video submission) for the U21 final, to be judged by an international panel consisting of industry and academic professionals.

The competitor’s local competitions will challenge the students to present face-to-face, and additionally the virtual final will hone skills associated from being filmed for an international audience, receiving international peer review, and gaining skills surrounding the presentation of their research to a wider audience.

Timeline for the 2017 Competition

6 October 2017: Video submission deadline
9 October 2017: Videos online and open the People’s Choice Vote
23 October 2017: People’s Choice Closes
31 October 2017: Winners announced

Eligibility

Active Doctoral candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone by the date of their first presentation (including thesis under submission) are eligible to participate in the U21 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

Rules for Video Submission to U21 Final

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • A single static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute.
  • The video can be filmed from a live 3MT event or a specific set, but must have only one camera angle filmed from a static position. Zoom in and out from the static position is acceptable.
  • The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no edits, breaks etc.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, animated backgrounds) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech (timing does not include the student's title slide).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

For more information on the Universitas 21 3MT Competition:

Universitas 21 3MT Competition U21 3MT 2016 Competition