Join us for 3MT

One of the most common questions PhD students are asked is ‘What’s your thesis about?’

No matter whether the query is coming from a promising project partner, potential donor, future employer or a family member, it’s always handy to have a concise explanation ready to grab opportunities when they arise.

That’s where the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition comes in.

Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008 and held across 200 universities worldwide, 3MT helps researchers build their communication skills and showcase their research.

3MT participants have just 180 seconds to distil years of research into a compelling presentation for a non-academic audience with the help of only one Power Point slide.

Participants are judged on how clearly they communicate their research, explain its significance, and leave the audience wanting to know more.

In previous years, audiences have been treated to presentations that span the gamut of Deakin research, from misunderstood maggots to social network analysis and illuminating the brain.

At Deakin, 3MT is conducted in a series of rounds within Schools and Faculties, with the final round set to take place at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus on Wednesday 15 August from 3 – 5pm.

Deakin’s 3MT winner for 2018 will be awarded $2,000 and a trip to Brisbane to represent Deakin in the Asia-Pacific competition in September. The runner-up will receive $1,000 and the People’s Choice Winner, selected by the audience, will take home $500.

If you’d like to come along and hear from ten of Australia’s brightest young researchers, simply register your interest today. We hope to see you there.

In the meantime, enjoy these fascinating presentations from previous winners and finalists at Deakin’s 3MT competitions.

Deakin 3MT winner in 2017 – Prosecuting psychological harms by Paul McGorrery

Deakin 3MT finalist in 2017 – Zika virus, a master of neuron manipulation by Julie Gaburro

Deakin 3MT winner in 2015 – Medical maggots: Misunderstood Superheroes by Natalie Gasz