Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) - The Winners

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Fionnuala McCully, from the School of Environmental Sciences, was crowned winner of the 2023 University of Liverpool 'Three Minute Thesis' (3MT®) competition for her presentation `Lovebirds or loathebirds? Personality and divorce in an Arctic seabird’.

Fionnuala received a prize of a £100 voucher and will go on to represent the University at the UK quarter finals competition to be hosted by Vitae in June.

Chloe Gray (below), also from the School of Environmental Sciences, won the People’s Choice Award, which was voted for by the audience, with her presentation `Using low cost sensors to improve air pollution monitoring‘.

People's Choice winner, Chloe Gray, holding up her certificate

The University of Liverpool’s 3MT® grand final took place on 23 May in the Spine and saw nine researchers from across all three Faculties present in front of a panel of judges and a live audience to be crowned Liverpool’s champion.

The presentations covered a diverse range of research topics from tomorrow’s aircrafts to Spanish literature.

Dr Saneeya Qureshi, Head of Researcher Development and Culture at the Academy, said: “Huge congratulations to Fionnuala and to Chloe on their awards. It was fantastic to organise this competition and hear about the all of the excellent research undertaken by our doctoral researchers.  3MT® provides a great platform for graduate students to gain experience of presenting their research in a clear, concise, and compelling way to a general audience.  These are lifelong skills that will serve them well throughout their professional journey. “

 What is 3MT®?

The 3MT® challenges researchers to present their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using just one slide.

It was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008 and since its inaugural event the popularity of the competition has reached truly global heights with 900 universities holding events across 85 countries.

The finalists:

Selected from a series of Faculty heats, the nine University of Liverpool entries who made it to the final were:

Leva Andrulyte, Health & Life Sciences, Language and the brain's underground trains

Paige Monaghan, Humanities & Social Sciences, A sea of blurred faces - how agencies can work together to save lives

George Jones, Science & Engineering, Non-myopic approaches to sensing and surveying

Sarah Ellis, Humanities & Social Sciences, Through the (neo)picaresca looking glass

Fionnuala McCully, Science & Engineering, Lovebirds or loathebirds? Personality and divorce in an Arctic seabird

Mehdi Anhichem, Science & Engineering, Designing tomorrow's aircrafts

Louise Evans, Humanities & Social Sciences, The poet as #influencer in Spanish literature

Kindah Ali, Humanities & Social Sciences, Use of children’s images by media during the wars

Chloe Gray, Science & Engineering, Using low cost Sensors to Improve air pollution monitoring

[caption id="attachment_112153" align="alignnone" width="585"]Group of particpants at table discussing ideas Picture by Gareth Jones[/caption]