Three Minute Thesis 2020

Find 2020 competition details, dates, entry forms and resources.

The challenge

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an exciting, fast-paced research communication competition. It was developed by the University of Queensland and is now held annually in over 900 universities across the globe. Participants take up the challenge to share the story of their research with a general audience in under three minutes, supported by nothing more than a single, static slide.

Online in 2020

Heats for the 2020 Three Minute Thesis competition will mostly take place online. If the idea of presenting your research to a roomful of people gives you the jitters, taking part from the comfort of your own home could be your first step towards building the confidence you need.

Find out rules, eligibility and competition structure at How the competition works.

Why take part?

Three Minute Thesis is so much more than great prizes, making friends and having fun. It’s valuable practice in communicating research clearly and concisely to a general audience. When you join in, you can:

  • Develop your ability to craft an engaging research story
  • Build up your presentation and public speaking skills
  • Enrich your peer and industry networks
  • Increase your confidence and your employability
  • Gain exposure for your research - prizes include the opportunity to present your research to a national or international audience

2020 finalists

Enormous congratulations to our 2020 finalists! All will be competing for the top spot at the University Finals on 6 August. 

Book here to see them in action: Three Minute Thesis Final.

Doctoral category

Claire Pascua (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Presentation title: Seismic performance of steel frame-concrete wall hybrid buildings​

Laura Pedofsky (Auckland Bioengineering Institute)
Presentation title: Urine luck! Leaking is not an option

Masters category

Daniel Ramirez (Engineering Science)
Presentation title: Double energy input

2020 competition dates and registration

Faculty heat dates

Faculty Heat date Registration link
Arts Wednesday 22 July
Registration closed.
Business W/B 13 July Registration closed.
Education and Social Work Tuesday 21 July
Register by 14 July.
Engineering Thursday 25 June See above for winners!
Open Heat (Law, CAI, Liggins Institute)
Thursday 23 July Register by 16 July.
Science Tuesday 14 July
Registration closed.

Dates for finalists

Date Event
Tuesday 28 July
Practice session (finalists)
Tuesday 6 August University Final - book audience tickets!
Thursday 20 August
NZ Masters Final (masters winner)
Monday 21 September U21 online competition voting opens (doctoral winner)
Thursday 1 October
Virtual Asia-Pacific Final (doctoral winner)

Ready to get started?

Check out the resources available at Preparing your presentation.