Three Minute Thesis competition

The challenge for doctoral researchers: communicate your research in just 180 seconds.

The annual Three Minute Thesis competition challenges competitors to be clear, compelling and, above all, concise as they deliver a spoken presentation on their research topic in a mere 180 seconds.

Bristol has a very impressive track record at the UK level. In 2017, Alfie Wearn, who delivered a presentation on Alzheimer’s research during May’s Research without Borders event, made it all the way to the national final.

Three Minute Thesis 2019

This year's semi-final will take place from 14pm on Tuesday 30 April in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building.

This free event is a chance for staff and students at the University of Bristol to:

  • watch fascinating, fast-paced presentations by 23 doctoral researchers
  • find out which eight contestants will make through to the final on 15 May
  • enjoy a selection of free refreshments.

Intersted in joining us? Book your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Three Minute Thesis 2018

The fast-paced finale of our 2018 competition took place in Colston Hall on Wednesday 9 May as part of the Research without Borders festival.

The results were as follows:

People's Choice (voted for by the audience)
Ultrafast lasers — Shining a light on the future of renewable energy
Victoria Taylor, School of Chemistry

Runner-up (chosen by our judging panel)
Antibiotics from the Abyss
Sam Williams, School of Biochemistry

Winner (chosen by our judging panel)
What Women Workers Want (And What They'll Pay For It)
Isabel Stockton, School of Economics, Finance and Management

Watch all eight presentations from the final on YouTube.

Book your free tickets

Make sure you don't miss our 3MT semi-final on 30 April. Reserve your free place now on EventBrite.

I urge everyone to have a go at the 3MT and take part in Research without Borders. You get a snapshot of all the research at the University that you might never even have realised is happening...Lifting your head above the water every now and again to see what is going on around you is a habit we should all get into – and what better way than these two fantastic celebrations of research at the University of Bristol.

Alfie Wearn (PhD in Clinical Sciences), 2017 Bristol 3MT Winner

About Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 

Find out more about its origins on the Three Minute Thesis website.

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