Three Minute Thesis 2020
Find 2020 competition details, dates, entry forms and resources.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an exciting, fast-paced research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland and now held annually in over 900 universities across the globe. Participants who take up the challenge have to explain their entire research project to a general audience, armed with only a single static slide and a strict three minute time limit.
Read up on competition structure, eligibility, entry conditions and rules at How the competition works.
Why take part?
3MT is about much more than great prizes and having fun. It’s a valuable exercise in communicating research clearly and concisely to a general audience. As a participant, you can:
- Develop your research communication abilities
- Craft an impactful research story that you can use anywhere, any time
- Refine your presenting and public speaking skills
- Meet your peers and grow your networks
- Gain exposure for your research
- Increase your confidence - and employability
- OK, sure, you can also win prizes, including the opportunity to present your research to a national or international audience
2020 competition dates and registration
Faculty heat dates
|Faculty||Heat date||Entry form
|Business||Friday 19 June||Coming soon|
|Engineering||Tuesday 9 June||Coming soon|
|Open Heat||Thursday 23 July||Coming soon
Dates for finalists
|Tuesday 28 July
||Practice session (finalists)|
|Tuesday 6 August||University Final
|Thursday 20 August
||NZ Masters Final (masters winner)
|Monday 21 September||U21 online competition voting opens (doctoral winner)
|Thursday 1 October
||Asia-Pacific Final (doctoral winner)|
Prepare your presentation
These useful resources will help you to prepare a winning presentation.
Watch winning presentations
See what it takes to be the best by watching these videos of previous winners of the Asia-Pacific Finals:
- 2019 Asia-Pacific Final winner | Jessica Bohorquex | "Guardians of the pipelines"
- 2018 Asia-Pacific Final winner | | Yasmin Mustapha Kamil | "Dengue Detective"
- 2019 University of Auckland Final | 2019 winners
Read useful articles and videos
- Know what the judges are looking out for by getting familiar with the judging criteria.
- Check out the 3MT® competitor guide.
- Read what previous participants recommend in Top tips for 3MT.
- Read this helpful guide from the University of Melbourne: A guide to achieving fame, fortune and success in the Three Minute Thesis competition.
- Watch this video for 6 Components for Successful 3MT Speeches.
- Find out How grad students can effectively tell their research story.
- Follow this basic structure: How to write an elevator pitch.