Our 11 finalists for the 2020 University of York 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition delivered captivating and inspiring research presentations.

Pitching themselves against the clock to communicate the impact of their research, these fantastic presentations showcased the strengths of postgraduate research at York in a special online version of 3MT.

2020 results

1st place and People's Choice winner: 
"Can we catch it before it is Cancer?"
Zainab Kidwai (Health Sciences)

2nd place:
"Music to your ears, words to mine"
Rui Qi Choo (Education; Language and Linguistic Science)

3rd place: 
"Your voice, ta voix? Comparing voices across languages"
Justin Lo (Language and Linguistic Science)

Rui Qi Choo, Zainab Kidwai, Justin Lo

Watch the presentations

View the presentations, either individually or through our 3MT 2020 YouTube playlist.

Rhian Addison

History of Art

"Indoor spaces for outdoor minds: Landscape artists’ studios in London"

Rui Qi Choo

Education; Language and Linguistic Science

"Music to your ears, words to mine"

Robert Davies

Plasma Institute, Department of Physics

"Building suns on Earth: Solving the turbulence problem"

Joe Horsey

Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

"Uncovering documentary's metaphors"

Zainab Kidwai

Health Sciences

"Can we catch it before it is Cancer?"

Justin Lo

Language and Linguistic Science

"Your voice, ta voix? Comparing voices across languages"

Rosamund Portus

Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

"Extinction studies: Imagining a world without bees"

Alexander Setchfield


"Crop waste to bug grub: Feeding the future with insects"

Silvia Soncin


"Diet at 79 AD Herculaneum: A metabolic approach"

Katey Valentine

Environment and Geography

"The hidden microbial world of our plastic waste"

Katie West


"The "junk" revolution"


With special thanks to host Greg Dyke and the panel of judges:

Professor Tom Stoneham, Dean of the York Graduate Research School

Professor Leo Köhler - Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and Wynand Wijnen Education Prize winner 2020

William Trickey - York 3MT winner 2019 and 3MT National Finalist

Professor Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, University of York

Professor Dr Michael Quante, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Knowledge Transfer, University of Munster

Ellen Howells, Communications Consultant at the National Trust

Dr Karen Clegg, Head of the Research Excellence Training Team, University of York (Panel Chair and co-host)