Our annual Matariki 3MT® competition took place this month and, for the first time, students from all seven member universities were able to take part! Two students from each institution were invited to record their three minute presentation and submit it to our central network competition. A judging panel made up of experts from across the network scored each of the thirteen presentations in line with the central 3MT® guidance, before deciding on the winner and runner-up for this year.
The winner was Moritz Koch from University of Tübingen, with his presentation entitled “Using metabolic engineering strategies to improve phototrophic cyanobacteria for the production of sustainable, biodegradable bioplastics”:
The runner-up prize was taken by Political Studies student, Samantha Twietmeyer, of Queen’s University, with a talk called “Scared of what’s behind you – Negotiating a double minority dilemma”:
As in previous years, the general public was also invited to get involved and choose their favourite entry, via the ever-popular “People’s Choice” vote. This year’s winner was Otago student Patrick Boudreau, with his video on “The optimal state for adventure sports”:
Take a look at all of our fantastic finalists’ videos on our YouTube channel and let us know what you think!
A huge congratulations to all of this year’s contestants and a big thank you to everybody who voted in the People’s Choice poll!