The three-minute thesis (3MT) competition was developed by the University of Queensland to celebrate the exciting research conducted by doctoral research students. Since the inaugural event at the University of Queensland in 2008 the popularity of the competition has reached truly global heights with 900 universities holding events across 85 countries.
This year, we are launching our own competition to decide who will represent the University at the national 3MT competition run by Vitae.
Why should I take part?
- Develop your presentation and public speaking skills
- Develop your research communication and public engagement skills
- Networking opportunities
- The winner will represent the University of Liverpool at the National Vitae 3MT competition
- Raise your own researcher profile
- Prizes to be won
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
- 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
Key dates and information
24 March 2023: Three Minute Thesis workshop
Dr Jamie Gallagher, public engagement expert and former international 3MT winner, provided a workshop on the 24 March to help to prepare PGRs to enter the UoL 3MT competition. This workshop offered guidance on presentation narrative, slide design, and presentation style. The slides from the workshop are available here: 3MT Slides
Dr Jamie Gallagher has captured his top tips for producing a winning 3MT presentation in the following four videos:
Midday 14 April 2023: Deadline to submit entry video for faculty heats
See how to enter section (below) for more information and guidance.
Early May: Faculty winners announced
The winner of each faculty will receive a £50 voucher. More information to follow
Mid-May 2023: 1:1 Individual coaching sessions for finalists
Each finalist will have 1:1 coaching session with Dr Jamie Gallagher, former international 3MT winner and public engagement expert.
23rd May 2023: University of Liverpool 3MT Final
11am -1.30pm, The Spine Building
Celebrate the exciting research conducted by postgraduate researchers at the University of Liverpool and watch the finalists battle it out to be crowned the 3MT® champion. The winner will receive the prize of a £100 voucher and will go on to represent the University at the national Vitae competition. The final will showcase the excellent research undertaken by doctoral researchers at Liverpool and will provide an opportunity for the audience to join in a lively and interactive discussion on 'The Science of Q&As' with advice and tips about how to handle those awkward questions at conferences.
Support our finalists and have your say on the day by voting for your favourite presentation for the people’s choice award, who will win a £100 voucher. There will also be an opportunity for conversations and practice sharing through our networking lunch (catering provided).
Early booking is recommended to secure a place: https://UoL3MTFinal2023.eventbrite.co.uk
June 2023: University of Liverpool Winner 3MT® enters national competition hosted by Vitae
How to enter
Find out how to enter the competition and eligibility requirements on our How to enter page.
Frequently asked questions
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