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FAFS Three Minute Thesis

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international competition celebrating the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the competition requires contestants to condense their research into a three-minute, one-slide presentation for a non-specialist audience. 

The competition gives participants the opportunity to sharpen their capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Participating in 3MT® will help graduate students develop transferable skills for teaching, practicing public engagement skills, pitching an idea to business investors, or communicating their research to the media and policymakers. It provides an opportunity to think creatively about how to communicate research and to learn from the approaches of other participants. 

Participants present their research verbally in just three minutes with related content presented on one PowerPoint slide. Preliminary competition rounds will take place where all participants will receive feedback from the judges, and the top 10 finalists will advance to the final 3MT® competition where the three winners will be chosen. 

In their presentations, participants should explain: 

  • What their research is about
  • How they intend to carry out or have carried out their research 
  • Why their research matters or/and who it affects

Download the Call for Proposals to find out more about the competition process and requirements. 

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