2020 EDITION

We are happy to announce that Vicente Artola Arita (University of Groningen), Selina Bruns (University of Göttingen) and Maria Francesca Di Filippo (University of Bologna) are the PhD candidates who have been shortlisted to compete at the live final of the 2020 edition of the Coimbra Group Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Congratulations to each of them and thanks to all our participants!

Developed by the University of Queensland, the 3MT competition consists of effectively explaining one’s research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources. In 2017, the Doctoral Studies Working Group of the Coimbra Group launched this initiative within the Coimbra Group network and since then the Coimbra Group community has been looking forward to this exciting annual contest which brings science closer to people by making it more approachable and understandable. It also provides PhD candidates with a great opportunity to give visibility to their research in front of a large, international audience while honing their own communication skills.

Within the Coimbra Group network, there are two phases in the implementation of this event: in the first phase, after holding their institutional 3MT competition, universities are invited to submit the video of the winner from their own internal competitions to the Coimbra Group office, which then launches an online voting procedure. Voters are requested to assign 3, 2 and 1 point(s) to their preferred top three candidates. The three shortlisted candidates will then compete at the live final which is normally held during the Coimbra Group Annual Conference, in front of a jury, rectors, academic and administrative staff and students. This year, due to the Covid-19 emergency, the live final will exceptionally take place outside the Annual Conference, on 22 October and will be kindly hosted by the universities of Montpellier and Paul Valéry (pending travel and sanitary measures).

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the 3MT competition consists of effectively explain one’s research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources.

For further information about the 3MT, please visit: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/home

This document provides the technical guidelines for the 2020 Coimbra Group 3MT competition as well as useful tips for your own institutional competition: CG 3MT Call 2020

 

 

2019 EDITION

We are happy to announce that Ms Claudia Schmidt, a PhD candidate at the University of Goettingen, is the winner of the 2019 CG 3MT live final which took place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow on 7 June 2019. A biology graduate, Claudia’s research areas are molecular biology and biochemistry, in particular biochemistry of membrane proteins. In just three minutes, she explained to our audience how her research look into the way our cells recycle, which is quite a challenge when the title of your thesis is “Reconstitution of Doa10-mediated ER-associated protein degradation with purified components”! Owen James (University of Edinburgh) and Femke Cnossen (University of Groningen) were the runners-up. Owen’s research work is in the area of regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. He talked to our audience about developing a humanised in vitro model of myelin formation using human pluripotent stem cells. As for Femke, her research is in the field of labour economics and her PhD thesis focuses on the impact of technology on the Dutch labour market. Their performances were outstanding and our audience truly enjoyed not only finding out about their research, but also the way they were able to communicate effectively their work to non-experts. The performances of the three 3MT finalists were assessed by a jury of five people composed by:

Dr Aneta Lipinska, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University of Krakow
Mr Jean-Marie Pincemin, Deputy Head International Office at the University of Poitiers and Vice-Chair of the Doctoral Studies Working Group of the Coimbra Group
Prof. Michel Verleysen, Louvain School of Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain
Prof. Adriana Zait, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi.
The jury was chaired by Prof. Patrick Gilli, President of the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3.

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the 3MT competition consists of effectively explain one’s research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources.

For further information about the 3MT, please visit: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/home

This document provides the technical guidelines for the 2019 Coimbra Group 3MT competition as well as useful tips for your own institutional competition: Call for participation 2019 edition

 

2018 EDITION

Congratulations to Khalil Shahramian, PhD candidate at the University of Turku on winning the first prize of the 2018 Coimbra Group Three Minute Thesis competition at the final that took place at the University of Salamanca last 1 June. Congratulations also to Jason Dydynski (University of Tartu) and to Nicola Seitz (University of Würzburg) on being the runners-up and to Constantina Theofanopoulou (University of Barcelona) for the participation.

An initiative of the Doctoral Studies Working Group, the CG 3MT competition first round took place in April. All CG Universities were invited to participate by submitting the video of the finalist from their own internal competition. 21 PhD candidates (from 21 CG Universities) took part in the first round. The panel was composed by the members of the Doctoral Studies WG, and, in the case of those universities with no representative in the Doctoral Studies WG, the CG Representative was invited to cast the vote on behalf of his/her university.

A total of 22 CG Universities submitted their vote. Voters were requested to assign 3, 2 and 1 point(s) to their preferred top three candidates.

 

2017 EDITION

The Coimbra Group held its first 3-Minute-Thesis (3MT) competition in 2017.

We are happy to announce that Mr Oisin McCormack (University of Padova, left on the photo) is the winner of the 2017 CG 3MT competition!

Ms Tanvi Butola (University of Göttingen, to the right) won the second prize while Ms Maddie Long (University of Edinburgh, in the middle) won the third prize. We wish to thank all three finalists for their outstanding performance!

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition consists of effectively explain one’s research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources.

An initiative of the Doctoral Studies Working Group, the CG 3MT competition first round took place in April. All CG Universities were invited to participate by submitting the video of the finalist from their own internal competition. 20 PhD candidates (from 20 CG Universities) took part in the first round. The panel was composed by the members of the Doctoral Studies WG, and, in the case of those universities with no representative in the Doctoral Studies WG, the CG Representative was invited to cast the vote on behalf of his/her university.

A total of 21 CG Universities submitted their vote. Voters were requested to assign 3, 2 and 1 point(s) to their preferred top three candidates.

Tanvi Butola, Maddie Long and Oisin McCormack were the finalists of the first round. They then competed against each other at the live final which took place during the CG General Assembly at the University of Edinburgh on 9th June 2017.