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Talk against the clock — presenters picked for Three Minute Thesis final

Three Minute Thesis 2019 finalists

The eight finalists of the 2019 Bristol Three Minute Thesis competition

1 May 2019

The semi-final of Bristol’s annual Three Minute Thesis competition was held on 30 April, with a panel of judges selecting eight doctoral researchers to compete in the final at Colston Hall.

Devised at the University of Queensland in 2008, Three Minutes Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition that challenges doctoral researchers to deliver a spoken presentation on their research topic with just one slide, and in no more than 180 seconds.

As part of Bristol’s 2019 3MT competition  the sixth coordinated by the Bristol Doctoral College  nineteen doctoral researchers from across the University's schools and faculties gathered in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building on Tuesday 30 April for this year's semi-final.

After over an hour of fascinating, fast-paced talks in front of over 70 staff and students, the judges selected the following presenters to take part in the competition's final stage.

  • Jennifer Chakravarty (School of Maths)
    'Security over the Air for 5G and Beyond'
  • Laurene Cheilan (School of Education)
    'Unravelling Public Engagement in Science'
  • Ollie Hanton (School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics)
    'Spraying Screens'
  • Konstantina Kanari (School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)
    'Nanocomposites — How Tiny Changes are Having the Biggest Impact'
  • Claire Noble (School of Biochemistry)
    'De Novo Protein Design: Rebuilding the Machinery of Life'
  • Helen Rees (School of Biological Sciences)
    'Getting to the Root of the Problem: Controlling Armillaria'
  • Joshua Rees (School of Biological Sciences)
    'Understanding Bacterial Genomes to Solve Global Crises'
  • Rebecca Shaw (School of Humanities)
    'The Story of the Augustan Marriage Legislation'

University of Bristol Student Inclusion Officer Robiu Salisu, who was a judge at the event, said: "I thought the event was brilliant and I was particularly delighted by the high calibre of research that was presented on the day.

"I am in awe of the amazing research that is being carried out by our students, from thinking of innovative ways to combat climate change to improving our lives and society for the better.

"I’m so excited for the final and cannot wait to see what the students have in store for us."

The Three Minute Thesis final, which is free and open to members of the public, will take place at Colston Hall from 4.30pm on Wednesday 15 May.

Further information

Interested in attending this year's 3MT final — and exploring a vast and varied showcase of cutting-edge research from the University of Bristol? Book your free ticket for the Research without Borders exhibition on 15 May.

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