Three Minute Thesis Competition hosted by ISPGR

ISPGR is pleased to announce a continuation of the 3MT competition virtually for 2024!

What is the 3MT® Competition?


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland(UQ), Australia. Graduate students present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way, using only one static slide.  The first 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 candidates competing.  3MT® has grown over the years, and is now held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.

The 3MT® competition will provide ISPGR trainees with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths.  Distilling complex research into a clear form, without over-simplifying, and highlighting the wider implications of the research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.

The competition allows graduate students to showcase their research to a wider multidisciplinary audience, within the ISPGR community and to the general public. The 3MT® is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by ISPGR trainees.

Who is eligible?

  • Presenters must be ISPGR members and be registered in a master’s (Thesis or MRP) or PhD program at the time of the 3MT® competition, and could be at any stage of progress (i.e., proposal, data collected, etc.) on their research and analysis.
  • PhD and master’s students who have defended, but have not yet convocated, are eligible to participate.

How to apply to the 3MT® Competition?


Eligible candidates are invited to apply by submitting an abstract through the linked form below.

Submissions should have a summary of candidates research in language that the general public can understand and follow the submission requirements below:

  • Using simple terms, briefly describe your thesis research.
  • Indicate why and to whom the research is important
  • Indicate the major outcomes and the benefits of your research to the ISPGR community and to the world.

Please note the following 3MT® rules

  • 3MT® presentations must represent the primary research the student conducted in his/her graduate program.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be displayed at the beginning of the presentation.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • The finals of the competition will during a live virtual webinar presentation to the community

Competitors must present remotely in real-time and agree to be video-recorded.
They must also allow those video-recordings to be made public.

Key Dates

Competition submission open: April 1

Competition abstract submissions close: May 8

Notification of acceptance for video presentation: May 29

Worldwide competition: July 10 online


The Final Competition will be held online at 12:00pm PDT/3:00pm EDT/8:00pm GMT

Tips and Guidelines

For further tips and guidelines, click below to visit the 3MT® Virtual competitor guidelines page.

Past Winners

2023 Brisbane, AUS

Patrick Manser, ETH Zurich
“Design, development, and evaluation of an individualized exergame-based motor-cognitive training concept for older adults with mild neurocognitive disorder”

Honorable Mention
Emilie Caron, University of Waterloo
“Exploring the influence of posture on attention”


2022 Montreal, CAN

Jeffrey Kelly, University of British Columbia


2021 Virtual

Heloise Debelle, Liverpool John Moores University
“Mechanical adaptations from repeated slips: Can we train elderly to not fall?”

Honorable Mention
Shikha Chaudhary, Auckland University of Technology
“Visual fixation and motion sensitivity: An exploratory study”