Piyumini (Piu) Wijenayake won this year´s LBS Three Minute Thesis Competition and Madhura Jayaratne was runner up. Congratulations to both! They will be representing the La Trobe Business School during the 3MT ASSC College finals on the 20th of August. If they make it through, they will represent the ASSC College during the university final on the 30th of August. Ultimately, the winner of the university’s final will be representing the La Trobe University during the Asia-Pacific final at the University of Queensland on the 27th of September.

What is 3MT?

The Three Minute Thesis competition (or 3MT), is an annual international competition where PhD candidates explain their research topic to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

There are strict rules:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Why do it?

Besides the ability to win prize money (EVERY round), graduate researchers develop presentation, research and academic communication skills. Participating in the 3MT also helps the development of candidates’ capacity to explain their work effectively.

The LBS 3MT presentations

This year, three LBS graduate researchers entered the LBS Three Minute Thesis Competition. Chi Kwan Ng presented on, “The influence of others on personal adoption of carbon reduction behaviours” and Madhura Jayaratne´s presentation was titled, “Big data fusion. Artificial Intelligence to improve our future”. Piu Wijenayake won this year’s LBS 3MT with her presentation, “How about an Artificial Hug?”. Her thesis is about how artificial intelligence & social media can help create more caring organisations. Once again congratulations!

Piu Wijenayake
Madhura Jayaratne
Chi Kwan Ng

Where and when to support our LBS graduate researchers?

  • ASSC College finals: 20 August, 10.15am, JSMH Chamber: RSVP here
  • University 3MT final: 30 August 2018, 2:15 pm, JSMH Chamber: RSVP here