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3 Minute Thesis Competition 2019

The winner is Femke Cnossen!

“An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit: 3 minutes…”

Three Minute Thesis®

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition

Since its beginnings at the University of Queensland, 3MT competitions are now held at universities all over the world. The University of Groningen (UG) will hold its annual 3MT competition on March 13th, 2019 !

And the winners are:

  • First Prize: Femke Cnossen, Faculty Economics and Business
  • Second Prize: Suzanne Schot, Faculty of Law
  • People's Choice Award: Nutifafa Doumon, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Thank you to our participants and everyone who joined the event!


Meet our 12 participants!

Twelve enthusiastic PhD students participated in the 3MT competition (four from each Graduate School cluster Science and Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities). The participants will train together in workshops given by media training experts to help them prepare for the competition. The experienced trainers were provided by Hakuna Matata and Toastmasters Groningen, and organised by MindMint, the Groningen PhD organisation for research communication.

UG prizes

Three prizes are awarded by the jury at the end of the UG 3MT event to the top PhD contestants:

  • 1st Prize
    Up to €1,250 travel expenses for an international conference and, if the UG winner will prove to be one of the shortlisted candidates for the Coimbra Group Finals, funded travel and accommodation to represent the University of Groningen at the Coimbra Group Conference in Krakow.
  • 2nd prize
    Up to €500 travel expenses for a conference/workshop
  • People’s choice award (selected by the audience)
    Up to €250 travel expenses for a conference/workshop

    Prize winners will be announced at the competition. The decision of the judges is final. Videos of the finalists’ pitches will be posted on the website and the winner will be enrolled in the Coimbra 3MT competition 2019.

Members of the Jury

Hosts: Gopher, MindMint and the Groningen Graduate Schools.

Coimbra Group Finals

After the UG competition, a video of the winning pitch will be sent to the Coimbra Group. From the submitted video's, their Doctoral Studies Working Group will choose the top three entries by April 18th 2019. These three shortlisted candidates will compete at the Coimbra Group Annual Conference in Krakow from June 5th - 7th, 2019 (deadline to submit UG submission is April 18. 2019) .

Coimbra Group
More information about 3MT®

The participants in the Famelab competition hosted by ScienceLinx have also been selected! The Famelab competition will be held on March 28th, 2019. Why not attend both?

Last modified:15 March 2019 3.32 p.m.