Our ten finalists for the 2019 University of York 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition delivered captivating and inspiring research presentations.

Pitching their research against the clock to communicate the impact of their research, these fantastic presentations showcased the strengths of postgraduate research at York.

2019 Results

1st prize: William Trickey (Department of Physics), "Harnessing The Power Of The Sun With High Power Lasers"

2nd prize: Lucilla Lanzoni (Department Of Psychology) “A World Of Meanings: How Do We Choose?”

3rd prize: Rebecca Hall (Department Of Biology) “Lord Of The Flies: Simulating The Hidden Microbial World”

People’s Choice: Ian Foxley (Department Of Politics) “Why Don’t More (Good) People Speak Up About (Bad) Things?”

Lucilla Lanzoni, William Trickey, Ian Foxley, Rebecca Hall

Watch the presentations

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Ian Foxley

Department of Politics

"Why Don’t More (Good) People Speak Up About (Bad) Things?"

Marc Green

Department of Electronic Engineering

"Beyond The Decibel: Are There Better Ways To Measure Sound?"

Rebecca Hall

Department of Biology

"Lord Of The Flies: Simulating The Hidden Microbial World"

Eithne Kavanagh

Department of Psychology

"Chilled And Chatty – Dominance Style And Communication In Primates"

Tamsyn Kiss

Department of Environment and Geography

"Going With The Flow: How Flooding Affects Earthworms"

Agata Lambrechts

Department of Education


Lucilla Lanzoni

Department of Psychology

"A World Of Meanings: How Do We Choose?"

James Lees

Department of Physics

"Measuring Heat On The Very Very Small Scale"

Robert Smith

Department of History

"Flattering Tyrants: A ‘glib And Oily Art’?"

William Trickey

Department of Physics

"Harnessing the power of the sun with high power lasers"


With special thanks to the panel of judges:

Professor Lydia Njenga - Director of the Graduate School, University of Nairobi

Professor Ted Sanders - Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht

Dominic Colenso - Performance Coach and Founder, In Flow Training

Jamie Khoo (2018 3MT winner) - Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York

Professor Tom Stoneham - Dean of the York Graduate Research School - University of York

Dr Karen Clegg - Director of the Research Excellence Training Team - University of York (Chair)