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.
The 3MT® Competition hosted by ISPGR will take place in two stages. First, we will hold regional competitions (Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific) featuring the top ten applicants per region. The jury will then select the top 3 presenters from each region and invite them to compete in the worldwide competition to be held a month later.
The worldwide competition winner will receive a small monetary award. We will also grant an honorable mention.
Eligible candidates are invited to apply by submitting an abstract. In preparation, please review the following guidelines:
Competitors must present remotely in real-time and agree to be video-recorded.
They must also allow those video-recordings to be made public.
Competition submission open: May 4
Competition abstract submissions close: June 1
Notification of acceptance: June 17
Regional competitions: June 30
Worldwide competition: July 28
For further tips and guidelines, click below to visit the 3MT® Virtual competitor guidelines page.