#ANU3MT Final 2019

Imagine condensing hours, days and even years of complex research into a short presentation while being judged by an expert panel and lecture theatre full of your peers and strangers. An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to read, they have 3 minutes.

Join us for an evening of smart entertainment and catch a glimpse of the amazing research projects that are conducted on campus by ANU PhD students suitable for the whole family, tickets are available here. On the night, thirteen finalists will wow you and the judges for the #ANU3MT 2019 crown, $5000 in prize money and a place in the 3MT Asia-Pacific grand final at the University of Queensland. 

The 3MT is an international competition for research students to showcase their research. Students share what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide.

The Judges

Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Dr Andrew Leigh grew up in Malaysia, Indonesia, Melbourne and Sydney. He studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney and gained a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Dr Leigh is the Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT, and the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity, Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits, and Shadow Minister for Trade in Services.

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres

Dr Ayres was appointed Director-General of the National Library of Australia in March 2017, after having joined the Library in 2002. She completed a PhD in Australian Literature at ANU and has worked in research libraries for 25 years. Over the course of her career, Dr Ayres has developed and managed very large archival collections and equally large digital services, most recently the NLA's flagship digital service, Trove.

Professor Ian Anderson AO

Dr Ian Anderson AO is a Palawa man from Tasmania. During his 25 years of working in Aboriginal (Koori) Health, Ian has been an Aboriginal health worker, a health educator and a general practitioner. He worked as the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service before becoming the Medical Adviser to the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care. Professor Anderson is currently the Deputy Secretary of Indigenous Affairs in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he is responsible for coordinating the response to the Closing the Gap Refresh targets for Indigenous health and social disadvantage.

Group Captain Catherine McGregor AM

Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer, broadcaster and author. She is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon and served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army and the Royal Australian Air Force for over three decades. Her service involved operational deployments overseas, including the operational command in Timor Leste. She is a Tetum linguist. Catherine was a strategic advisor and speechwriter to every Chief of the Army from 1999 until 2014. She subsequently served as Director of Research and Analysis for the Chief of Air Force. She was awarded the Order of Australia in the Military Division in the Australia Day Honours list in 2012. Catherine is also one of Australia's most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators. Catherine is currently the Director of Research and Analysis in the Office of the Chief of Air Force.

Dr Bryan Lessard

Dr Bryan Lessard (a.k.a. Bry the Fly Guy) researches flies, a tough sell to many members of the public. Dr Lessard was first introduced to the curious world of flies during his undergraduate studies at the University of Wollongong, learning about the behaviour, classification and applications of the winged insects to forensic entomology. With his interest piqued, he enrolled in a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra to continue his research on flies, this time describing over 18 species new to science and using DNA to solve the mystery behind the evolution of Gondwanan horse flies. Dr Lessard shares his passion for flies and biodiversity with the world through speaking events, social media and the written word. He was an invited speaker at TEDxCanberra in 2016 and now presents a semi-regular segment (Bry the Fly Guy's Top 5) on Evenings with Chris Bath on ABC Radio.

Dr Judith Reinhard

Originally from Germany, Dr Reinhard studied biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and obtained a PhD from the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 1997. She has over 20 years' experience working in the university, research and science sectors in Germany, France and Australia. In 2015, Dr Reinhard was recruited to the German Embassy in Canberra as Science Counsellor for the German government, and promoted to Head of Science and Innovation in 2017. In this role, she uses her extensive international experience in the higher education and research sector to develop partnerships between German and Australian research institutions, identify funding and investment opportunities in priority areas, and foster bilateral research-industry linkages.

This event is free and open to the public, bring your friends and family to an unforgettable night of smart entertainment. Proudly sponsored by the Dean, Higher Degree ResearchResearch Training and the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association.

If you cannot make it, log in to facebook.com/TheAustralianNationalUniversity to watch the live stream starting at 6pm!

Enquiries: Victoria.Firth-Smith@anu.edu.au or 02 6125 1992