Three Minute Thesis Competition

13 May 2013
The University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis initiative comes to Universitas 21. A U21 Grand Final will be held in October 2013.

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Building on the success of the Trans-Tasman competition, a U21 Grand Final is now taking place in October 2013. Each participating member will hold their own internal 3MT competition to select a local winner who will then be put forward for the U21 final, to be judged by an international panel consisting of industry and academic professionals. The Grand Final will be a virtual event where video entries rather than live presentations will be judged.

  • The winner will receive a bursary to visit a U21 university of their choice, to benefit their research or on-going career development.

3MT provides research students with the opportunity to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills by explaining their research to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.  The local competitions will challenge the students to present face-to-face, and additionally the virtual final will hone skills associated from being filmed for an international audience, receiving international peer review, and gaining skills surrounding the presentation of their research to a wider audience.

Not only will students benefit from this experience, but members have the opportunity to showcase their research and researchers throughout the network, as well as open doors to new collaborations and networks for both researchers and supervisors.  

Key Dates

Finalists are asked to submit their videos to U21 by Friday 11 October.

The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday 29 October.

More details of how to submit entries will be made available in due course, but for more information please contact Gemma Marakas (