The 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals were held on the 29 September at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.  The Semi-Finals, held on the morning of the event, featured competitors from 55 Universities from across Australia, New Zealand and North and South-East Asia.  The top 10 competitors from the Semi-Finals then progressed to compete in the Finals held in the afternoon.

Congratulations to the 2017 Finalists:

Winner and People's Choice


Ashwin Charles Benedict
Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering,
Universiti Malaysia Pahang
"Catalyzing Change: Light at the end of the tunnel"

Ashwin Charles Benedict

Alyssa Budd
College of Science and Engineering
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
James Cook University
"Let's talk about sex change"

Alyssa Budd

Hans Philipp Sueltrop
College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Canterbury
It's not coffee science

Paul McGorrery
School of Law
Faculty of Business and Law
Deakin University
Prosecuting Psychological harms

Jemma Seyfang
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
The University of Adelaide
Selecting the right pig for the job

Miriam Seifert
International Business and Marketing Department
Business School
The University of Auckland
Anti-consumption as a Driver to Achieve a Competitive Advantage in Firms – Case Studies from the Slow Fashion Movement

Becky White
School of Public Health
Curtin University
Milk Man: A Breastfeeding App for Dads

Heidi Walkden
School of Medical Science, Faculty of Health
Menzies Health Institute Queensland and Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery
Griffith University
Does breathing kill?

Alice Russo
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Faculty of Science
The University of New South Wales
A Novel Solution to a Warty Problem: Ancient Viruses Can Help Us Find a Cane Toad Killer

Jennifer Soundy
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
Victoria University of Wellington
Aptabiotics: fighting resistant bacteria with nanosilver

Watch the presentations from the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Semi-Finals here.

The Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition is proudly sponsored by

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    Participating Universities

    • Auckland University of Technology
    • Australian Catholic University
    • Charles Darwin University
    • Charles Sturt University
    • Chulalongkorn University
    • CQUniversity
    • Curtin University
    • Deakin University
    • Edith Cowan University
    • Federation University Australia
    • Flinders University
    • Griffith University
    • Hiroshima University
    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • James Cook University
    • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
    • La Trobe University
    • Lincoln University
    • Macquarie University
    • Massey University
    • Monash University
    • Murdoch University
    • National University of Singapore
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • RMIT University
    • Singapore Management University
    • Southern Cross University
    • Swinburne University of Technology
    • The Australian National University
    • The University of Adelaide
    • The University of Auckland
    • The University of Hong Kong
    • The University of Melbourne
    • The University of Newcastle
    • The University of Notre Dame
    • The University of Queensland
    • The University of Sydney
    • The University of Waikato
    • The University of Western Australia
    • Universitas Gadjah Mada
    • Universiti Malaysia Pahang
    • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
    • University of Canberra
    • University of Canterbury
    • University of New England
    • University of Otago
    • University of South Australia
    • University of Tasmania
    • University of Technology Sydney
    • University of the Sunshine Coast
    • University of Wollongong
    • UNSW Sydney
    • Victoria University
    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • Western Sydney University

    Judging Panel

    We are grateful for the time and support of this year's Asia-Pacific 3MT's judging panel:


    • Professor Alastair McEwan, Dean, UQ Graduate School
    • Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist
    • Stephen Pincock, Editorial Director, Partnership & Custom Media, Nature Research
    • Michel Edwards, General Manager, Boeing Research and Technology – Australia
    • Sophie McIntyre, Exhibition & Curatorial Manager, Museum of Brisbane

    MC: Karina Carvalho, News Presenter, ABC TV


    • Professor Stephan Riek, Deputy Dean, UQ Graduate School
    • Dr Elizabeth Finkel, Editor-in-Chief, COSMOS Magazine
    • Ben Lightfoot, Managing Director, Ogilvy Brisbane

    MC: Roly Sussex OAM, Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, UQ

    Competitor Prizes

    The following prizes will be awarded at the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT competition

    • Winner: $5000 research travel grant as well as funding and entry to the 2017 Falling Walls Lab Final and Conference in Berlin.
    • Runner Up: $2000 research travel grant
    • People’s Choice: $1000 research travel grant

    Accommodation Options

    2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Accommodation Options

    We are pleased to announce that the below discounted rates have been secured for the Asia-Pacific 3MT Final at the following accommodation providers in Brisbane. Delegates and guests must contact the accommodation provider directly to proceed with a booking.
    Jephson Hotel
    Location      63 Jephson Street (Cnr Sherwood Road), 
    Toowong, QLD, 4066
    (approx. 4.5km from UQ venue)

    phone: +61 7 3736 4400


    Delux Room - single occupancy

    $189 p/n - bed and breakfast (rate applicable from 29/8 – 2/10)

    Quote booking reference: 3MT                                                                                                                                 


    Toowong Inn & Suites
    Location     24 Lissner Street, 
    Toowong, Brisbane, QLD, Australia 4066
    (approx. 4.6km from UQ venue)

    phone: +61 7 3846 0577


    10% discount offered on regular rates across the range of accommodation options

    Promotional code “gold”

    Bookings can be made via following link:


    Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square
    Location     255 Ann Street, 
    Brisbane City, QLD, 4000
    (approx. 8.4km from UQ venue)

    phone: +61 7 3001 9888


    15% discount off Best Available Flexible Rate (discount available for stays from 27 September – 1 October 2017 inclusive in studio and one bedroom apartments)

    Promo Code: 5264109

    Link: Book Now

    Discount available for bookings up until 27th September 2017.  After this date, any bookings will be subject to availability, and need to be made by calling the hotel direct during business hours.

    Irrespective of the discount, the cancellation policy will be our standard, 24 hour free cancellation (2pm), and delegates will be able to view all these details via the link above.

    Hotel Grand Chancellor
    Location     23 Leichhardt Street, 
    Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
    (approx. 8.8km from UQ venue)

    phone: +61 7 38314055


    Deluxe Rooms: $145.00 room only - including FOC parking

    Superior Rooms: $160.00 room only - including FOC parking

    Rates quoted are per room per night, based on a maximum of 2 guests per room. 

    Delegates can access this rate via the following booking link:

    For those wishing to contact the hotel and book directly, please quote the group name “3MT Asia-Pacific Competition”

    Discount rates available for stays from 26 September – 2 October 2017 inclusive.


    Riverside Hotel Southbank
    Location     20 Montague Rd, 
    South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
    (approx. 7.9 km from UQ venue)

    phone: +61 7 3846 0577


    $10 off the online booking rates for One Bedroom Apartments and Standard Hotel Rooms.

    One Bedroom Apartments are fully self-contained and have a kitchenette and laundry facilities. The bedding configuration is one queen bed and one double pull out sofa bed.

    Standard Hotel Rooms have one queen bed and one single bed.

    * Rates are nett rates, Non-Commissionable.  These rates are valid until Sunday 1 October 2017 (this excluding the night 30th September 2017).

    Additional Information: Disabled rooms – Riverside Hotel has 2 Standard Hotel Rooms with Disability access

    Quote booking reference: 3MT

    Past Asia-Pacific 3MT finalists

    Past Asia-Pacific finalists can be viewed here