What can ghost stories tell us about climate change? Is environmental damage a crime against humanity? And how can feeding cattle seaweed help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

These were some of the questions asked during the 3MPlanet competition final last Friday.   

We invited current students to present a compelling spoken presentation on their dissertation research project and its significance to climate action to a non-specialist audience, in just three minutes.   

“The idea for this competition was born out of our desire to celebrate and promote the great research work done by our undergraduate students”, said event organiser Dr Emilka Skryzpek, “Every year, honours students at St Andrews produce novel, insightful and potentially impactful research for their dissertations. We wanted to create a platform where they can tell wider audiences about their work and ideas and engage in some friendly competition – whilst gaining some skills along the way.”  

All finalists received expert training in preparing and delivering a spoken presentation, before presenting in front on an expert judging panel, which comprised Dr Sean Field (School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies), and Dr Ian Lawson (School of Geography and Sustainable Development), and Catherine Thomson (Corporate Communications), and an audience of their peers.

After deliberation, the panel named Sustainable Development 4th year student Katie Symes the winner of 3MPlanet 2024. Runner up was Brook Pownceby, and Alana Condron was named as the audience’s winner.   

Congratulations to all winners and finalists! 3MPlanet will return for a fourth time in 2025. To find out more about the competition, go to:  3MPlanet 2023 | Energy Ethics (st-andrews.ac.uk)