Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

In the Three Minute Thesis competition, the doctoral candidates present their research as interestingly as possible to the audience in just three minutes.

Before the competition, the participants will get training from University Teacher Kelly Raita from the Centre for Language and Communication Studies on creating an engaging presentation and crystallising their messages. In addition, the winners of earlier competitions Khalil Shahramian and Tarek Omran will offer one-to-one coaching for everyone interested.

The presentations are held in English. The participants may present one PowerPoint slide without animations. No special effects are allowed in the presentation, such as videos, audio, objects, or outfits.

The semifinals of the competition will be held on 5 February 2019 at 2.154pm and on 7 February at 2.154pm. When registering, the participant may choose their preferred semifinal date and time. The judges of the semifinals are University Teacher Tuula Hakkarainen from the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, University Lecturer in Chemistry Veli-Matti Vesterinen, and Professor of Economic Sociology Pekka Räsänen.

The final will be held on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 in the OP-Pohjola lecture hall at Turku School of Economics at 12.151.30pm.  The judges are Vice Rector Riitta Pyykkö, Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Studies Mike Nelson, and Director of Turku PET Centre Juhani Knuuti.

The winner, runner-up, and the winner of the People's Choice will receive travel grants. What is more, the winner of the University of Turku competition will also participate in the final of the Three Minute Thesis competition for European universities organised by the Coimbra Group.

>> Register for the competition by 12 December 2018


Last Year's Winner Khalil Shahramian Values Popularising Science 

Last year, the winner of the University of Turku competition, Doctoral Candidate Khalil Shahramian from the Institute of Dentistry also won the competition for European universities.
In the competition, Shahramian presented a new method developed at the University of Turku for attaching a new tooth to replace a missing one. In his presentation, he explained his study on an improved method of attaching an implant to replace a missing tooth.
 It is important to explain science so that everyone can understand it. Also, communication between a patient and dentist can be a form of popularising science. Successful communication is a cornerstone of successful treatment, contemplates Shahramian in the UTU Life & Science magazine's interview.

In recent years, the final of the competition has attracted a large audience. The competition and the preceding training are carried out jointly by the University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, and University Communications.

The first Three Minute Thesis competition was organised at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008. Annually, approximately 350 universities around the world organise the competition.

>> Presentations of the 2018 final
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