April 8 & 10, 2024


Each competitor will be allocated 15 minutes for the pre-selection interview. Assigned time slots will be sent to competitors by email.


The venue info will be sent to competitors by email.


HKUST (CWB) PhD and MPhil students


The pre-selection interview aims at selecting finalists with both strong everyday communication skills and strong research presentation skills. 50% of the interview is research related, and the other 50% is about non-research topics. Questions will be randomly selected by competitors during the interview. Each competitor has limited time (e.g. 1, 2, or 3 minutes) to answer each question. No presentation or slide is needed.


Results will be announced by email on or before April 11, 2024


CLICK HERE (on or before April 2, 2024)


April 19, 2024




Room 5619 via Lift 31-32, Academic Building (All finalists should attend in person.)

Live broadcast on Zoom (meeting ID: 991 1608 4500, passcode: 436475) (Virtual participation is ONLY for audience. Only the audience on site can vote for the People's Choice Award.)


HKUST (CWB) PhD and MPhil students

Judging panel

HKUST faculty members


Eight finalists will be selected through the pre-selection interview for the final round. Each finalist will have 3 minutes to present his/her research, following the competition rules, competitor guide, and judging criteria provided by the UQ. After each presentation, the finalist should expect questions from the judging panel and audience. His/her performance in the Q&A session will be evaluated together with his/her 3MT® presentation. All the finalists are suggested checking the presentation videos of the 3MT® winners around the world while preparing for the final round.



Prize* valued at HK$8,000

If the awardee is an active PhD student when the 2024 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT® Competition is held, s/he will represent HKUST to compete. Otherwise, the opportunity will be shifted to another eligible awardee.

1st Runner-up

Prize* valued at HK$5,000

2nd Runner-up

Prize* valued at HK$2,000

People’s Choice

Prize* valued at HK$2,000 (audience’s choice)

* It will be used to cover research-related expenses, including but not limited to conference registration fee and purchase of research-related hardware/ software. The awardees need to provide original receipts, any other supporting documents, and justification about how the purchase is related to research, for reimbursement.